Your chance to impress

Footballers from across the Ripley and Heanor News area could find themselves hitting the big time if they impress in the world record breaking National six-a-side football championships.

The tournament, the biggest of its type ever staged anywhere in the world, is being held at the Witton Pavilion in Birmingham – just a matter of yards from the Aston Villa football ground – next month, and has attracted interest from radio and TV companies – and now talent scouts from the major professional clubs are insisting on being there too.

Scouts from hundreds of clubs have indicated that they would like to attend, including top Premier League and Championship clubs, as tournament organiser Lee Wilcox explained: “We have been fielding calls for a number of weeks now, and some of the teams involved are staggering. We expect to be hosting scouts from a lot of really top drawer teams on the day.”

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