Sheffield football fans: get up close and personal with the FA Cup!

Former Owls boss Trevor Francis
Former Owls boss Trevor Francis
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South Yorkshire football fans will get the chance to get their hands on the FA Cup today when a national ‘Keepy-Uppy’ Challenge visits Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.

Dan Magness, the Guinness World Record holder for ball juggling, and former Owls player and manager Trevor Francis will attend the launch of the challenge, at Hillsborough Primary School.

Fans will then be able to take part in the challenge themselves, and get their photographs taken with the FA Cup, at Wednesday’s Hillsborough headquarters, where the Owls will face Charlton on Saturday in the fifth round.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, host Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane on Sunday (3pm).

Individuals, clubs and schools can all sign up for the challenge, with prizes including tickets for the FA Cup Final.

Francis, who helped Wednesday win the 1991 League Cup final before later taking over as manager, said: “Beko bringing The FA Cup to Sheffield ahead of our big match this weekend is fantastic and will create real excitement in the area amongst fans.

“The Beko Keepy-Uppy Challenge is a great way to get the whole family involved in The FA Cup.”

George Mead, Brand Marketing Manager of Beko, the FA Cup’s official home appliance partner, added: “We’re really excited to be bringing the Beko Keepy-Uppy Challenge to Sheffield.

“This is our second season supporting The FA Cup and we hope that this new challenge will really bring something different to the community – and get schools, teams and fans taking part.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the entries – I’m sure that there are some amazing football skills hidden away in Sheffield and South Yorkshire!”