Due to the pitch replacement works at the Gallagher Stadium, this Friday’s Football Festival is moving to Mote Park.
On the opening day of Euro 2016, schools from Maidstone are taking part in a competition representing the participating countries.
With the home of the Stones out of action, Maidstone Borough Council have stepped in and agreed to transfer the event to the town’s main park.
Head of Club Development Mike Cogger said: “We are very grateful to the borough council for stepping into the breach and to Europa Sports and Seymour Van Hire for helping us transport equipment to and from the Gallagher.
“We’ve held this event on the eve of the Euros and World Cups for a number of years and the children really enjoy finding out about the country they’re representing and taking part in the festival on the day.
“Having held previous tournaments at Mote Park, we know what a great venue it is. All we need now is a bit of sunshine to brighten the day even more.”
Maidstone Football Festival has been funded by the Football Conference Trust, which supports community programmes at clubs who are members of the three divisions of the National League.
The event has also been sponsored by CSIS, Europa Sports, Golding Homes, Kent Messenger, Maidstone Borough Council, PASS, Seymour Van Hire and Wellbeing People.
The first games will get underway at 10:00, with the presentation scheduled at 14:30. Students from the Maidstone United Academy will be helping organiser John Saunders to run the event and referee the matches.