Young Riviera residents from Torbay showed the England team how it’s done over the weekend as they took part in their own football World Cup.
The tournament was organised by Riviera Housing Trust, a member of leading UK housing provider Sanctuary Group, as a way of engaging with younger residents and bringing the community together to develop community spirit.
The competition took place at Barton Downs playing fields and was broken down into two age groups, under 10s and 11-13s, with four teams of seven players taking part in each.
Acorn under 10s won the competition for the under 10s age group after edging out Cod and Chips 1-0 in the final. The title in the 11-13s tournament was lifted by the Leg-Ends after they defeated Pafford Grove Rangers in a nail biting penalty shoot out following a 0-0 draw in normal time.
The day proved a huge success, with around 180 people taking part and watching the drama unfold, and plans are already in place for a repeat tournament next year. The event also inspired participating children to enquire about playing regularly for one of their local teams.
Local resident, Jill Holmes said: “It’s been a great day, very well organised and fantastic for the community. All the kids have really enjoyed themselves and are asking when they can play in another tournament.”
Molly Holmes, Managing Director of Riviera Housing said: “The event has generated a really positive atmosphere among the whole community. I would like to see it turned into an annual event.”
A special mention must also go to Torbay Council street wardens and Lichfield Tenants and Residents Association for kindly helping with refreshments on the day.