By Drew Darbyshire – reporter
Today, UCLan Sports Arena will be one of more than 100 venues up and down the country to stage the first round of the FA People’s Cup.
Entry is free and anyone can enter the FA People’s Cup including male, female and disability players across ten categories – ranging from under 14s to over 35s.
The tournament includes walking football as well as featuring five-a-side games so everyone’s preferences are catered for.
BBC Get Inspired, the Football Association and the best small pitch football providers in the country have worked together to create this new knockout competition.
Up to 14,000 teams and over 100,000 players will compete for the chance to be at England’s national football stadium on the day of the FA Cup final.
The tournament is a “wonderful” chance to boost people’s involvement in sport, keep activity levels high and improve general participation in the game, according to FA Chairman Greg Dyke.
Teams who progress beyond round one will qualify for the regional semi-finals between the 27th and 28th of February before the grand finals which take place in the middle of March.
UCLan students and associates could follow in the footsteps of FA Cup legends such as Nat Lofthouse, Bryan Robson and Steven Gerrard.