Football Festival fun for youngsters

Polonia Under 11s with the Mayor Chris Ash. Picture: RWT Photography
Polonia Under 11s with the Mayor Chris Ash. Picture: RWT Photography
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Almost 100 young players were involved in the City of Peterborough Football festival at the weekend.

The event, which sprang from the Peterborough FA 125th Anniversary Fun Day last year, was organised by Peterborough Referees’ Association chairman Robert Windle and supported by hosts Vivacity, who manage Bushfield Leisure Centre.

The referees with the Mayor Chris Ash. Picture: RWT Photography

The referees with the Mayor Chris Ash. Picture: RWT Photography

A series of matches took place for Under 9 to Under 12 teams on the 3G pitch and all the players were rewarded with engraved medals .

Free teas and coffees and a matchday programmes were provided for the parents and framed participation certificates for the clubs to hang in their clubhouse.

Windle said: “The day clearly had a festival atmosphere with no scores recorded and the players and managers playing in the right spirit.

“One of the key elements was allowing some of the new recruits from the recent referees course to have a go in a no-pressure environment.

Some of the Parkside players. Picture: RWT Photography

Some of the Parkside players. Picture: RWT Photography

“We are the first referees association in the country to organise a football festival and we are greatful to the Mayor and Mayoress and Vivacity for their support “

The 2019 City of Peterborough Football Festival will be on Saturday June 1 at Bushfield Leisure Centre. For details contact Robert Windle on 07970228790 and keep an eye out on Facebook The City of Peterborough Football Festival .

Park Farm Under 11s. Picture: RWT Photography

Park Farm Under 11s. Picture: RWT Photography