WITH just 10 days before the start of the Errea South West Challenge Cup tournament a new trophy has been unveiled. The perpetual cup is to ensure that its first winners come back again next year to defend their title. Local clubs Bideford, Barnstaple an
WITH just 10 days before the start of the Errea South West Challenge Cup tournament a new trophy has been unveiled.The perpetual cup is to ensure that its first winners come back again next year to defend their title.Local clubs Bideford, Barnstaple and Appledore will all host games in the 10-match tournament.Contesting the trophy with Bideford and Barnstaple will be Crystal Palace, Torquay Utd, Yeovil Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Chertsey Town and Eastleigh.First of the visiting teams arrive in North Devon on July 21 and a strong line-up is expected, with some 148 players and officials descending on the area. Local people and holidaymakers could then be rubbing shoulders with local heroes and rising stars of the football world.All the host grounds are now at an advanced stage of readiness, with the exception of the last-minute installation of new team dug-outs, match goal nets and safety/perimeter fencing and supplementary spectator toilet facilities. Floodlighting has been tested and upgraded, where appropriate, for the evening games.All the matches up to the semi-final stage have attracted local sponsors keen to support the North Devon initiative. They include Brend Hotels, Gasmark, Torridge Electrical, Blights Motors, Bideford Chamber of Commerce, James Electrics Contracting Ltd, Toolstation, Grenville Westinsure and Asda.The tournament will kick off in Bideford Sports Ground on the evening of July 22 with a game between Bideford and Torquay. It will climax with the final in the Sports Ground on the afternoon of July 27.Ticket sales are reported as steady, with significant away demand from Yeovil and Kidderminster. Individual tickets are just £4 per adult up to the semi-final stage and organisers have extended the availability of "supersaver" family tickets at £15 for one adult and two children to attend all games up to this stage. These can now be purchased until July 20. Additional sales outlets are being made available - check with your local club or call (01237) 477757.Tickets for the final will be on sale from July 21 at £5 per adult, exclusively at Sportsforeyou in Bideford High Street or online at www.discountsportonline.co. uk. Tickets for children will be priced at £2.on the gate.