Prior to our home match against Redditch United, the club in partnership with its Community School of the Season, Weatherfield Academy, ran its second Friendly Football Tournament. Weatherfield Academy hosted the tournament and a great atmosphere was created by the young players and their enthusiastic families and friends who came out to support them. Teams from Weatherfield Academy, Kensworth Church of England Academy, Totternhoe Lower School and Vale Academy participated.
The teams were made up of boys and girls aged 8-11, who do not play representative football either for their school or an organised youth team. The aim of the day is for the children to enjoy playing football with no pressure. It is all about participating in a fun way. The matches were played in a good spirit and the joy on the faces of these young players was a sight to behold.
The referees were Weatherfield Academy Sixth Formers - Bradley, James, Jonathon and Kristin who refereed the games very well. Weatherfield Academy staff members Clare Alexandrou and Keely Hoare served refreshments and provided first aid where required and Anthony Todd from Kensworth was the tournament photographer. We thank all of them for volunteering to help us on the day.
Special thanks go to Liam Meenan of Weatherfield Academy who helped to organise the tournament and manged his team; Debbie Mitchelmore of Totternhoe Lower School, David Barker of Vale Academy and Jonathan Colls and Anthony Todd from Kensworth Church of England Academy for putting together teams from their respective schools.
At the end of the tournament, all the players received a medal for participating from Craige Makinson, Regional Manager of B&M, who kindly donated refreshments so we could raise some funds for the school. The medals were sponsored by TT Trophies and further supplies were donated by the Town Council and Creasey Park – so this was an all-round community day.
After the medal presentations, all the players, their families, friends and all who volunteered on the day walked down to Creasey Park, where the children enjoyed lunch, followed by being matchday mascots and watching the match.
The day can be summed up by Anthony Todd, Chair of the Kensworth Academy Council who said: “Our children once again enjoyed a fabulous tournament organised by Dunstable Town Football Club. It was great to play friendly matches against other local schools and then go and meet the DTFC players before their match against Redditch. The links we have with the club are really inspiring our children to take part in sport”