FOOTBALL: One hundred teams from across four counties make Football Festival a fantastic occasion

Action from a game between two St Ives Rangers Under 8 sides. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

Action from a game between two St Ives Rangers Under 8 sides. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

More than 500 footballers graced the One Leisure Outdoor Centre last weekend as the second annual St Ives Rangers Football Festival proved to be a roaring success.

The St Ives Rangers Under 8 White Sox team. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

The St Ives Rangers Under 8 White Sox team. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

A hundred teams from across four counties took part in the two-day event which catered for a dozen age brackets.

“I quickly lost count of how many parents, coaches and (most importantly) kids told us they enjoyed themselves,” said Al Badcock, chairman of the tournament committee. “It was an amazing weekend of football.”

There was success for the host club in the Under 10 (9-v-9) and Under 11 boys’ competitions while Huntingdon Rowdies Green provided another local triumph in the Under 10 bracket.

St Ives Rangers chairman Ed Goodman said: “Every child and coach who took part it a fantastic feast of football. I couldn’t be more proud about how the weekend went and we can’t wait to do it again next year.”

The Godmanchester Rovers Under 13 girls team who played in the St Ives Rangers tournament. Picture:

The Godmanchester Rovers Under 13 girls team who played in the St Ives Rangers tournament. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

WINNERS

Boys

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Under 9 – March Soccer School.

The St Ives Rangers Under 8 Black Sox team. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

The St Ives Rangers Under 8 Black Sox team. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

Under 10 – Huntingdon Rowdies Green.

Under 10 (9-v-9) – St Ives Rangers White.

Under 11 – St Ives Rangers Blue.

Under 12 – Ely Crusaders.

* Under 7 and Under 8 events were non-competitive.

Girls

Under 11 – Royston.

Under 12 – March Town.

Under 13 – Cambridge City.

Under 14 – Yaxley.

* Under 9 and Under 10 events were non-competitive.

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