WHAT IS THE YOUDAN TROPHY?
The Youdan Trophy is a Not-For-Profit company, commemorating the oldest football tournament in the world – the Football Challenge Cup presented by Thomas Youdan Esq. that pre-dates the FA Cup by a full four years and was played only once at Bramall Lane in 1867.
Our Youdan tournaments promote the well-being of young people through sporting competition, cultural & heritage appreciation and education, in addition to providing marque teams and talented up-and-coming players with the opportunity to forge long lasting friendships and memories across many nationalities and cultures.
The tournament, in it's third year, is held in Sheffield and features some of the top teams from across the world, including Europe, Asia and North America. The teams spend a week away from home at top class accommodation The Edge, based at the University of Sheffield. The competition aims to immerse young players into a real-life footballing environment.
Hosted by You Are The Ref, a unique referee education platform, they organise the teams, fixtures, venues, accommodation, food and travel to the venues. Last year saw the size of the championships increase from eight teams in 2015, to thirty-two. 2017 will see a further eight teams take part increasing the number to forty.
Youdan Pro 2016 attracted 30 match officials from 7 countries to the tournament, all of whom received high quality training throughout the week; these numbers are set to be further extended for Youdan Pro 2017.
The competition is proud to host the games in Sheffield. Having played a major role in the culture and history of football and creating more than several ‘firsts’ in the sport, the city shaped much of the modern game and it is now fitting that it celebrates that legacy through the Youdan Trophy.
Youdan Trophy has received plenty of support since its inception, there is currently a Steering Group that actively works to increase its profile. On the panel are:
Sir David Richards
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Denise Fox
Councillor Terry Fox
Richard Caborn - Former Sports Minister
John Mothersole – CEO Sheffield City Council
Andrew Denniff - Rotherham & Barnsley Chamber of Commerce
Neil Anderson – Neil Anderson PR
Ashley Carson – Assay Master
Jock Waugh - Managing Director
Keith Hackett - Director
Dean Mohareb – Youdan Trophy Tournament Director
Lyndsey Williams - Youdan Trophy Marketing Director
Wendy Ulyett – Tourism Manager, Marketing Sheffield
Rob Hollingworth - Managing Editor, The Star