So, was your team one of the lucky 80?
The draw for the 2009/10 Lucozade Sport Performance League (LSPL) was announced on talkSPORT radio yesterday afternoon as 80 club website teams got the good news they’ve been hoping for this summer - a season long sponsorship from Lucozade Sport and a place in the most exciting virtual league out there.
As part of the prize, every one of the 80 teams will receive a brand new club website complete with snazzy LSPL ‘re-skin’, a new kit for their squad, a season's supply of Lucozade Sport products, constant sport science support and expert coaching from former professional stars.
Not bad for just filling out an online form!
Now, using the results from their own fixtures, the 80 teams will compete in the second season of the virtual league, powered by Club Website, with the eventual champions winning an exclusive weekend in the life of a top professional team.
Other top prizes include VIP Barclays Premier League tickets and merchandise plus the chance to play at a Barclays Premier League club stadium.
The 2008/09 LSPL was a roaring success, with inaugural champions Drumchapel United jetting off on an exclusive trip to a European Training Camp.
LSPL Cup winners Alumni FC were rewarded with a place in this season’s LSPL proper, much to the delight of their player/chairman Nick Cockrell.
“We’re really excited about the LSPL” he told Club Website. “We followed it last season online, but it looks like it’s going to be a really exciting season for our club.
“The new kit is going to be brilliant. It’s not the easiest time for clubs at the moment in terms of getting sponsorship deals to fund new kit, so we’re looking forward to that.
Alumni FC were one of 512 teams selected in the second half of last season to take part in the LSPL Cup. Making it through to the finals day at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground took their season “to a different level” and has energised them for the season ahead. “It was a very professionally run day and we had a great day out.”
Coverage of the finals day on talkSPORT radio helped make the day for Nick and the Alumni lads, so he’s pleased to hear the station will continue to cover the LSPL in the season ahead. “That was really exciting for the lads at Carrington and the idea that we can raise the profile of the club is really exciting,” he said.
The 79 teams joining Alumni FC in the LSPL this season may have had less time to get used to the idea, but are no doubt any less excited. In fact, they may still be in shock.
Ryan Collings entered his team, Haydons United FC, into the competition but never expected to be selected: “I was bit gobsmacked really. You enter these competitions but you don’t expect to win them. To actually win one was pretty amazing.”
So how did they react when they heard the draw?
“There was stunned silence for a little bit and then, as you can imagine, it was like school kids. Everyone was very excited. We’re over the moon really.”
Ryan is excited about to the expert advice and training that the club will be receiving from Lucozade Sport. “We’re looking forward to learning about how the pros are and how we can implement what they do into our own game to make that better.
“You can already see in training, everyone is lifted and a bit more into it, taking it a bit more seriously. We’ve got our first game of the season coming up so it really was a timely boost.”
Follow the 2009/10 LSPL at www.lucozade.com/lspl. Good luck to all 80 teams for the season ahead. Let virtual battle commence!
Lucozade Sport Performance League 2009/10 – participating teams:
Aardvark FC / AFC Canterbury / Alumni 1st XI / Arthurlie United AFC / Avro JFC / Barton Rovers FC / Baysgarth Old Boys FC / Bournemouth Sports FC / Boynton Sports FC / Brooklands FC / Burnopfield Sun Celtic FC / Bustleholme FC / C&G AFC / Cambridge YMCA / Civica FC / Comecon FC / Coton Green FC / County Thistle AFC / Cricklade Town 1st XI / Cwmbran Celtic FC / Deopham FC / East Lancs United FC / Eastbourne Athletic / Edinburgh Southern AFC / Eltham Palace FC / Fishermans Arms FC / Fox and Hounds FC / Galacticos Athletic FC / Garden Village FC / Glemsford & Cavendish United FC / Graig-Y-Rhacca FC / Greenford Gaints FC / Gregson Lane Wanderers FC / Halfway House Morley FC / Haydon United FC / Herongate Athletic Sunday 1st Team / Holbank FC / Ightham FC / Irlam Tiger Moth FC / Lakes United / Lilley Rangers FC / Lingfield FC / Lomond Rock AFC / Long Buckby AFC / LV FC / Mackies FC / Medway 2000 FC / Meltis Mexicans FC / Model T FC / Mytchett CC FC / New Milton Borough / Newark Town / Newquay AFC / Olton Orient / Orbiston United FC / Paisley FC / Panthers WFC / Phoenix FC / Poole Town Reserves / Potters FC / Real Romelle / Regent FC / Rosehill Utd AFC / Saltash United LFC / Salvation Army FC / Sceptre Elite FC / Seaham Red Star / Snooks FC / Southam United Ladies / Spaxton Rangers FC / Sporting Club Redditch / Stoke Works / Streatham Stanley FC / Swindon Spitfires FC / The Unit / Tideswell United FC / Trispen FC / Westend FC / Weymouth FC Ladies / Wilf Kroucher FC