On Saturday 25th October STOCKPORT COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION hosted an exciting Under 7's Football Festival at the Power League Complex in Heaton Mersey.
Eight lively young teams entered Stockport County Community Foundation's newest football festival keeping one of County's community bosses, lifelong County fan, Matty Bailey well and truly on his toes! The tournament was especially held to support the development of grassroots football and encourage some of Stockport's youngest and keenest players . Offerton Park FC, Inter Cheadle JFC A & B, Great Moor County JFC A & B, Bramhall North 75 and Lisburn St Anthony's A & B all helped make this one of the best under 7's festivals ever held in the North West.
The football festival consisted of a series of 5 aside football matches played in a fun and safe environment giving the opportunity for all the energetic youngsters to play football in a relaxed atmosphere. All the players were winners and enthusiastically enjoyed playing matches as no results or league table was recorded on the day.
When the first game started and the heavens opened, all the parents and supporters opened their umbrellas expecting the football festival to be a compete wash out. However this didn't stop the keen under sevens children from playing the football matches, as they rolled their sleeves up and got stuck into the game with real " Animo et fide" County spirit. Fortunately ten minutes into the football Festival the deluge disappeared and the sun came out making everyone extra happy!!
Matthew Bailey, Stockport County's Community Foundation Manager who organised the tournament was delighted, " What a lot of great games, all the teams played some fantastic football, some great goals were scored by all teams, and every single player was a credit to themselves and their junior football club. I hope all the children will be able to join us at our next Under 7's Festival."
Simon Goodred the Manager of Bramhall North 75, added " I just wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of Bramhall North 75 for inviting us to the event last weekend. The children and parents really enjoyed themselves."
Simon was joined in his enthusiasm by the Manager of Inter Cheadle JFC, Mike Pye," Thanks very much for organising the tournament at Power League yesterday. My boys really enjoyed it."
The Community Foundation deliver football and multi sports specialist coaching, curriculum time teaching and educational projects in primary schools across Stockport, Tameside and Derbyshire and during the last year alone worked regularly with over 18,000 children and young people promoting the good name and traditions of Stockport County the family club. Encouraged by the great reception from Mike and Simon and the other Managers, County's Community Foundation is putting plans in place to organise more special football festivals for the under 7's this season and hope that the children may even become Stockport County stars of the future!
At the end of the recent Football Festival, all the terrific children were presented with a special family ticket voucher to watch any league game at Edgeley Park this season. Andy Calvert, Director of Stockport County Community Foundation said, "We look forward to welcoming these brilliant under 7's teams soon at County and we hope they will inspire our team to even more victories on the pitch.
We would also like a special thank you to go to Power League, Heaton Mersey, for allowing us to host the Football Festival at their venue and to Simeon Nelson and Jack Nicheas for refereeing the Football Festival so professionally."Visit the Team gallery by clicking here
If your junior football club would like to work with Stockport County Community Foundation
Please contact Matthew Bailey via email Matthew.email@example.com
or by phone 0161 286 – 8888 EXT 262.