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KBB festivals to start new season

SUFFOLK FA are to hold a series of Pre-Season KBB Grassroots Festivals.

SUFFOLK FA have announced details of the first of a series of Pre-Season KBB Grassroots Festivals.

Kesgrave Kestrels FC will host the festival on the outskirts of Ipswich on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021.

Suffolk FA Mini-Soccer & Youth Football Development Officer James Morley said: “Following Covid lockdowns we wanted to kick-off the 2021-22 season with a strong start.

“We all know the last 18 months have been tough in football with seasons being curtailed and stopping and restarting. Therefore, we want to have the biggest start a youth football season ever by holding a series of KBB Suffolk FA Pre-Season Festivals across the county.

“We wanted to enable teams from across Suffolk to have the opportunity to enter a team into a festival and enjoy a fun environment playing different teams as part of pre-season preparations.”

James continued: “We love organising KBB Suffolk FA Grassroots Festivals. Over the past several years, excluding the last one, we have organised festivals as a celebration at the end of the season, with one taking place at the start of the season in 2019.

“We want to celebrate the return of football following Covid with restrictions hopefully not being a factor and so bring people together to enjoy football in a fun environment.

“This will be the first year we will hold multiple festivals at the start of the season but with all of the breaks and guidelines which have been in place, this is our chance to kick-start the season with a bang.”

Roger Peck, one of the directors of The KBB Centre, who sponsor the KBB Suffolk FA Grassroots Festivals, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Grassroots Festivals are finally able to return, it’s been a long, uncertain 18 months for everyone.

“These multiple pre-season festivals are a great way to get everyone back into the swing of things and get the children (and the organisers) back to what they all love doing.

“We are extremely proud to sponsor these festivals and love being a part of them. They are not only enjoyed by the players but by the coaches, parents and organisers as well. We’re really looking forward to seeing lots of youngsters enjoying being back playing the game.”

Details of the Ipswich festival are as follows:


Venue: Kesgrave High School

Host club: Kesgrave Kestrels FC

Date: Sunday, August 22nd 2021

Festival timings:

  • 9am to 11am (Girls U7 – U11, U9 Mixed, U12 Girls, U14 Mixed, U16 Girls, U15 Girls, U13 Girls)
  • 12pm to 2pm (U7 Mixed, U11 Mixed, U12 Mixed, U10 Mixed, U16 Mixed)
  • 3pm to 5pm (U13 Mixed, U14 Girls, U8 Mixed, U15 Mixed, Adult Disability)


Entries for the festival will open at 12 noon on Friday, July 23rd.

Spaces are limited for the festival, therefore it will be first come, first serve for each of the festivals when entries open.

If you have any questions on the festival, please contact James Morley on 07976 957094 or via email james.morley@suffolkfa.com

Pictured above is the scene from the last KBB Grassroots Festival to be held at Whitton United FC in May 2019.

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