Finalists Battle for FA People's Cup

Harvesters U14 Girls make the finals of Football’s largest ever mass participation tournament, as The FA People’s Cup reaches its pinnacle on Sunday a

Small-sided provider Goals in Sheffield plays host to the 90 teams will battle it out for the honour of being 2016 champions across 11 categories ranging from under 14s to veterans - also including disability and walking football tournaments.

Representing Hertfordshire at The FA People’s Cup National Finals will be Harvesters FC Girls U14, who made it to the finals after qualifying from the regional stage at PlayFootball Luton.

A record 35,000 people entered the tournament back in January comprising a staggering 4,300 teams. Round one featured over 2,000 hours of action across 130 venues with 400 teams going forward to the regional finals across eight venues.

Beth Dawes, Hertfordshire FA Youth Football Development Officer said:

“It’s great to see a team from Hertfordshire in the national finals of The FA People’s Cup, and we would like to congratulate the Harvesters team on a brilliant accomplishment. Everyone from the Hertfordshire FA would like to wish them the best of luck in Sheffield this weekend.”

Pete Ackerley, The FA’s Head of Participation said:

“The FA People’s Cup brings the delights of knock-out football to everyone – and the sheer volume of people who entered shows the tournament’s appeal.

“We established People’s Cup to reignite a passion for the game among those who may have lapsed – and we have clearly achieved that. Across the country there are now more varied opportunities to play football than ever before – and anyone inspired by the People’s Cup should visit The FA’s Play football information at to find out what is out there locally.”

The People’s Cup has been followed every step by BBC Get Inspired. Highlights from the semi-final action are available here, and the coverage from the final will available on iPlayer and the red button.

And in addition to getting people back into the sport, People’s Cup is also a wonderful platform to raise funds for Sport Relief.  To donate £5 text CUP to 70005. 

Texts cost £5 plus your standard network message charge. 100% of your donation will go to Sport Relief.  You must be 16 or over and please ask the ill payer’s permission.  You can find full terms and conditions plus more information here.

For more information about the FA People’s Cup contact Tony Snow on 0800 169 1863 Ext. 4879 or email


Girls across the UK will be provided with increased opportunities to play football after a new nationwide participation programme was announced.

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