Rochdale AFC’s Football in the Community Trust will be holding the preliminary rounds of the Football League Kids Cup later this month.
Held at the Soccer Factory, Castleton, local schools have been invited to enter two teams in the competition, which sees youngsters compete for the opportunity to represent Dale in the national tournament.
The preliminary rounds are held over four nights, with the winning team from each night returning to play on Saturday 25th January at the Soccer Factory to determine the two finalists that will face each other at half time during the Rochdale v Dagenham and Redbridge game on February 1st.
The winners on the day will then go forward to represent Dale on the road to Wembley.
The Kids Cup is a national competition run by the Football League, competed for by nearly 2500 schools and 20,000 school children over the last three years, giving schools the chance to proceed via regional finals to the National Final which takes place before the League Two play-off final in May at Wembley.
Last year, St Vincent’s Primary School reached the semi-finals where they lost 2-0 against Fleetwood Town at Bradford City.