GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's football
team faces an Essex side in the final of the Fire Service English
Both teams have beaten off some strong competition from fire and
rescue services around the country to win a place in what will be a
hotly contested final.
A full day of events has been arranged to make it a fantastic
occasion for players, visitors and anyone else wanting to support
The final is being played at SportCity on Thursday, April
Team secretary and assistant manager Gaz Phillips, Stalybridge
Watch Manager (Blue Watch), said: "We're nervous and hoping
desperately for a win following last season's defeat in the
"I'm quietly confident but not complacent. It's going to be a
great event and there's lots on throughout the day."
Activities start at 10am with a seven-a-side competition for
children from eight local schools.
There will also be coaching sessions for all children.
Warrington Rugby League Football team is running some tag rugby
The children's final will be played about 12pm and, during the
lunch break which follows, all of the children will get the chance
to meet the on-duty crews and explore the fire engines.
The Fire Service English Cup Final starts at 2pm and should be
finished by 5pm, including the trophy presentation afterwards.
Entry is FREE and the GMFRS football wants as
many people as possible to support them so everyone is welcome.