Young footballers’ prowess on show at annual football festival

Tuesday 28th March 2017

The weather was brilliant for the fourth Macron Store Cornwall annual football festival at Mountwise, home of Newquay football club, officiated by Treviglas Community College students.

16 teams were picked from across the county to take part in the festival, in squads of 8 with 6 players from Years 5 and 6, one which had to be a girl. The sixteen teams were split into two pools with everyone playing each other in a round robin. The teams were officiated by Treviglas Football Academy leaders, with ages ranging from 11 -16. The matches in the pool section were fantastic, all the teams bringing supporters with banners, and friends and family cheering on the players.

The Macron Store and its owner, Trevor Mewton, has always been at the forefront of grass roots football in the community and was eager to continue supporting the football partnership between Treviglas and Newquay Football Club, to run a county wide festival for primary schoolchildren, with prizes to help buy equipment for the schools.

Newquay Football have been working with Treviglas to establish a leadership academy for sports coaches of the future, with young leaders from Treviglas going into local primary schools, helping to develop girls and boys teams.

Jayden, a Year 10 football leader, said, “The football was so skilful and fast, it was hard to keep up with. I have refereed a lot of games as part of sports leadership this year, and my confidence has certainly grown, from it.”

Sean Wells, Community Sports Coordinator from Treviglas, commented, ‘The matches were fantastic to watch. We were very honoured to have Jack, a local boy who captains Newquay FC, having been through the youth system, to present the prizes. The standard of football was brilliant, with great support and enthusiasm from all. It was great to have teams from all over Cornwall come to Newquay to take part in the festival.

The prizes on offer were:

£150 for the winning team.

This year, after the first round of matches, the 16 teams were placed into 4 pools with, Cubert winning Pool 1, Newquay Junior winning Pool 2, Summercourt winning pool 3 and St Columb Minor Academy winning Pool 4.

£100 for the team displaying the best football skills

Jack and Ashley, Year 10 Treviglas sports leaders, set up a timed skill run, in which all the teams competed against the clock. The team, competition was won by Goonhavern. The fastest individual player was Will, from Goonhavern.

 The £100 for the best sporting team

This was a very hard choice, with teams bringing brilliant banners, and supporting their teams with vigour. Wadebridge School won this with a squad who showed respect to all teams and cheered on all their players, whatever the score.

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