The FA Cup tours England

The FA Cup being help up and surrounded by happy children
The FA Cup makes one of its stops on its tour of England

To celebrate the return of the FA Cup to the BBC, we took it on a five-day tour to meet some of its fans around England.

The whistle-stop tour saw the FA Cup visiting various community-focused projects, as well as the BBC building in each region, with everyone getting the chance to take a 'selfie' with one of the most coveted trophies in football .

This is how the tour looked:

Day One - North East

Longhoughton Rangers FC meet the FA Cup

The tour kicked off with a visit to Longhoughton Rangers Football Clubexternal-link in Northumberland, where a group of dads set up the club and managed to secure £1million and a 3G pitch. The club has 150 boys and girls aged seven to 16 playing football in leagues across Newcastle and the North East. Thirty unpaid coaches and volunteers provide the youngsters with the best possible experience, enabling them to enjoy fun and friendship through football.

The FA Cup then moved onto BBC Newcastle to appear on BBC Look North.

Day Two - Yorkshire

Halifax Academy meet the FA Cup

The FA Cup visited Halifax Academy as part of a series of roadshowsexternal-link spanning some of England's largest Asian communities. The FA is seeking ideas and contributions to increase the involvement of Asians in the game. Events like this form a key component of English football's Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination plan, aiming to help widen football's talent pool and address the under-representation of Asians in the game at all levels.

It then made its way to BBC Leeds before appearing on BBC Look North.

Day Three - West

Help for Heroes meet the FA Cup

On the road again, the FA Cup visited the Help for Heroesexternal-link Recovery Centre in Tedworth House, Wiltshire. The House provides support to serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded, injured or become sick. The Centre has a range of specialist rooms for adaptive sports, education courses, relaxation and socialising which have been designed to ensure the best possible recovery.

The trophy next visited BBC Bristol and appeared on BBC Points West.

Day Four - West Midlands

Worcestershire FA & Perdiswell Primary School meet the Cup

Worcestershire FAexternal-link invited the FA Cup to an event at Perdiswell Primary School as part of the FA's Skills Programme. The scheme is aimed at boys and girls aged 5-11 to get them playing football on a regular basis with their peer group. It was launched in 2007 and over five million places have been filled nationwide on the programme.

BBC Birmingham at The Mailbox was the next stop on the tour for the trophy, before it appeared on BBC Midlands Today.

Day Five - North West

Street League meet the FA Cup

The FA Cup spent the day in Manchester with Street League.external-link This is a national charity which uses the power of football to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into work, training and education. It provides a 10-week football and education programme which develops key employability skills such as communication and teamwork, as well as offering several nationally-recognised qualifications.

Finally, the Cup arrived at Warrington ahead of their triumphant victory against Exeter City.

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