Last weekend the fields at Glenburn Sports College got very busy, as Skem North JFC held their yearly tournament in conjunction with the College.
125 teams from the Isle of Man to Yorkshire and from Carlisle to Staffordshire played in eight different age groups to find the champions of the “Celebration of Football”.
Once again the weather was at its best, which helped creating a fantastic atmosphere and with plenty of food and drink available at reasonable prices and lunch time entertainment provided by the Attitude Dance School, the foundations were set for everyone to enjoy themselves.
The Saturday was overshadowed by an injury to one of the Isle of Man players, which required taking him to hospital for X-rays.
With no road ambulance available the ambulance service decided to send an air ambulance, which brought a lot of excitement to the younger kids and disrupted play a bit.
Luckily the X-rays turned out to be fine and the injured player was back playing in another tournament on the Sunday.
The football played was of a very high standard, but the format of the tournament also gives weaker or unlucky teams a chance to play plenty of football and does not send them home half way through he tournament.
The winners in the different age groups were:
U7s Netherton Athletic, beating Huyton Madrid in the final on penalties, U8s Failsworth Boys, overcoming Walshaw SC in the final, U9s Olympic Juniors, winning the final against Litherland Remyca, U10s Athletico Caldway winning the all Caldway final against Inter Caldway, U11s Cherrybrook, with Read Park in second place, U12s Northstar Athletic, with Rainford Rangers runners-up, U13s Beechfield United, edging out Peninsula stars in the final and U14s Northbank JFC, with the Sutton Junior team, who gave up the day the Tour de France was coming through their village to be in Skelmersdale coming second.
Skem North JFC would like to thank everyone who helped and supported them in putting on this huge event, which is one of the biggest events in the Skelmersdale calendar now.
Thanks to Glenburn Sports College for teaming up to make the event possible, printing certificates and providing the venue, the Skelmersdale Junior Football League for helping out with goals and equipment, The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, for helping financing the linesmen, Peter Brierly for stepping in to mark the pitches, Humes Catering Service for providing the BBQ equipment etc, Lem UK for help with stationary, Procare for help with the program, Barclays Bank for their support to the club and everyone who volunteered on the day and helped running the event.
A percentage of the program sales will go the Ghana project of Our Lady and All Saints Engineering School and old football boots were collected for Charity4Sport, who will take them to Senegal to give them a second life.
If anyone still has old football boots, that are no good to him any more they can still be donated. Please contact Skem North JFC Chairman Peter Glatzel on 07787 534589.
Peter can also be contacted if you think you can contribute to next years event, by sponsoring some aspects, helping on the day, setting up a stall etc.