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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Parents battle through snow for ‘just for fun’ five-a-side frolics

FOLLOWING last week’s highly successful U10s Division One in-door five-a-side football tournament in which 12 teams competed for the Richard (PC) Nixon Trophy, presented by Michael and Helen Nixon, of Haltwhistle, in memory of their son, it was the turn of the U8s to converge on Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, on Sunday.

Strictly for Fun teams in Tynedale under 8's indoor five a side Football Festival'with their managers, officials and sponsor Alex Waters Photo D041331

The tournament was in major doubt owing to the wintry weather conditions causing travelling problems.

Serious consideration was given to cancelling it, but as in all good entertainment, the show must go on, and team managers and parents overcame the elements to attend with only a handful of players missing.

Over 80 youngsters took part, representing Corbridge United and Rangers;Hexham Heroes, Hotshots and Hurricanes; Prudhoe YC Reds and Yellows; Stocksfield United and Rangers; Wark Juniors and United; and Wylam Rockets.

Under Football Association rules U8s are prohibited from receiving winners’ trophies so this was a festival and not a tournament as such.

This failed to dampen the spirits of all concerned with Corbridge United and Hexham Hotshots displaying great promise for next season’s first taste of competitive football.

Also highlighted were top scoring Stocksfield United under the charge of young team manager Charlie Allan while the diminutive Emily Bloomer caught the eye with her tenacious play for Prudhoe YC.

Everyone involved was a winner with once again enthusiasm enjoyment and wholehearted endeavour the order of the day with the youngsters all presented with medals by the Mini-soccer League’s generous sponsor Alex Waters.

Hard working young referees Jordan Dodwell, Kevin Mooney and Peter Walker also received well deserved mementoes with their services much appreciated.

The league management committee wish to warmly thank Matthew Watson on his calmness and patience in collating details of the programme and Martyn Barnes and John Fox for their help in organising the festival.

Duty manager Nick Speed and the Wentworth girls on reception were a big help on the day while those adults who braved the cold conditions to get their charges to the event in good time are complimented on their efforts in making the event another great success.

This Sunday the league brings down the curtain on their indoor sessions the Division Two players attend the Leisure Centre for their five-a-side tournament.

The contest gets under way at 11am prompt and all teams should be present and ready to kick off by no later 10.30am.