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The Inaugural Junior Football Festival

By Glenn Webby

"Inaugural Junior Football Festival"

The Inaugural Junior Football Festival were recently held on the newly refurbished pitches at Perdiswell on the 1st and 2nd September

Over the weekend 70 plus teams attended the home of Worcester City Youth playing on the newly refurbished pitches at Perdiswell.

Age groups from U10s to U16s played in a competitive Pre Season Festival with winning teams and runners up all going home with individual trophies.

The Festival is designed to prepare teams moving up into new age groups for the start of the new league season this coming weekend. There are very few 11 a side tournaments for teams to enter which created huge interest from many large Clubs. Teams travelled from a far – Newtown -Wales, Leek Wooton, Bustleholme, Hardwicke, Kings Norton, Upton St Leonards, Solihull in addition to a number of local teams. Cheltenham Town Development Centre entered teams in most age groups.

The games were ran by fully qualified referees across all age groups

The group games were played across a 15 minute game with Semi Finals and Final

The winners were:

The U10s was won by Evesham Utd
The U11s was won by Newtown FC
The U12s was won by Solihull Academy
The U13s was won by Rushall Olympic
The U14s was won by Solihull Academy
The U15s was won by Colron Boys
The U16s was won by Sutton Coldfield Town

The winning teams parents were presented with two bottles of Sparkling Grape Juice to shake and spray over the players to give that special touch.

An U10s girls Fun Festival was also ran on the Sunday morning with six teams participating – (Worcester City, Black County Cobras, Rowley girls, Halas Hawks, Kidderminster Lions, Sutton Utd)

A Fair Play trophy was awarded to the Worcester City girls - team of the Tournament decided by the Referees taking into account style of play, encouragement by team mates and parents along with behaviour throughout the games by all team members and coaching staff.

Over the weekend in excess of 1000 people attended the Festival, watching the football and enjoying the various stalls on display, BBQ, Refreshments, Tombola and the First Team Club Shop.

Paramedics were on standby in the First Aid tent to attend to a number of minor incidents over the weekend.

The event was a huge success, raising funds to continue developing the current youth section of WCFC headed up by City Youth Chairman Mark Wilcox. We have had been inundated with very complimentary comments from event organisation, management, quality of playing pitches and opposition across the age groups ( many teams who had never played each other before and a key feature of the event ). Many teams have already registered interest to attend next year.

On Behalf of Worcester City Youth FC
Special thanks must go out to all our tournament Sponsors:- Kitchen World, SJL Insurance Services, Challenge Safety Consultants, Acorn Polishing and Floor Repair, Pristine Panel Work, Your Name on It Teamwear Specialists along with McDonald’s all supporting local grass roots football.

Pinches Transport for Providing the Vehicle from which to conduct presentations. Worcester City Council for the great effort in preparing the Pitches themselves, The management and staff at Freedom Leisure for all their support over the weekend with facilities.

The success of the event was made by all the planning and preparation work by the teams managers and on the day supported by all your team parents, grant Parents, Referees, and many of the Players who made it all happen.

Teams of parents worked tirelessly to ensure all litter was picked up and disposed of to ensure the site was left as it was found.

Please visit the Club Web site youth Section for a host of Photographs or incredible drone footage from throughout the event.

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Updated 11:14 - 11 Sep 2018 by Kev Preece

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