Some of football’s most famous faces are in Sheffield next week to help unveil plans for the 2016 Youdan Trophy to local businesses.
Ex-Liverpool and Republic of Ireland international Mark Lawrenson will join former England players Kevin Davies, David Hirst and Brian Deane at the event, being held at the University of Sheffield’s Inox Dine facility on Tuesday November 10th, at 6pm.
The event includes a champagne reception, the inaugural screening of the Youdan Trophy documentary and plans for the 2016 competition which will see the event more than triple in size.
Teams from as far away as the Far East, Australia, Europe and the USA look set to join a number of Premiership clubs at the tournament in 2016. Liverpool, Rosenborg, Celtic, Rangers, Crystal Palace and both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United are just some of the names you’re likely to see.
Sheffield-based you-are-the-ref.com, which is the world’s leading independent authority and education platform for match officials, are behind the creation of the competition which celebrates football’s first ever tournament; the Football Challenge Cup presented by Thomas Youdan Esq. which was played only once in 1867 at Bramall Lane.
Keith Hackett, director of you-are-the-ref.com, said: “The Youdan Trophy is set to fill a big void in UK football. We’re providing a professionally run competitive tournament for the youth teams of professional clubs. These happen regularly in Europe but there’s nothing of this calibre in the UK.
“A key part of the event will be a celebration of Sheffield’s football heritage – something that is regularly forgotten outside of the region.”
The determination to put Sheffield back at the centre of the international game is felt right across the city: Sheffield City Council, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University are all key partners in the development of the Youdan Trophy as is Meadowhall Shopping Centre.
The inaugural Youdan Trophy was successfully competed for by teams at U14 level from England, Scotland and Australia, with Rangers beating Charlton Athletic 3-2 in front of 1,000 spectators at the Bramall Lane final.