SKEM NORTH JFC in conjunction with Glenburn Sports College invited teams for their first-ever football tournament.
More than 90 teams from Skelmersdale, Manchester and Liverpool and as far afield as Sheffield and the Isle of Man took part.
Helped by some fantastic summer weather, everyone had a brilliant time.
Teams played in seven different age groups over the two days. And to complete the weekend there was plenty of music and entertainment.
On Saturday morning U7s and U8s kicked off the tournament and the young lads produced some stunning football.
The U7 age group was refereed by some pupils from the Sports College, to give them some exposure to refereeing and possibly get them interested in taking up refereeing longer term.
All the other age groups were officiated by trained referees. Two teams from Liverpool won these two age groups, North Park United and Mini Barca.
In the afternoon it was the turn of U9, U10 and U11 to put up a show – and they provided many tight and entertaining matches in the bright sunshine.
This time the trophy winners were Caldway FC from Liverpool, Cherrybrook and East Leigh from the wider Wigan area.
On Sunday morning it was the U12s’ turn and Skem North's own U12 made it into the final just to narrowly lose out to Woolton Wolves from Liverpool in a penalty shoot-out.
Liverpool’s Reserve team captain Conor Coady – just returned from the U20 World Cup with England – showed his support by handing over medals and trophies for the U12 winners and runners-up, as well as the certificates that were available for every participant, which added to the experience for the youngsters.
The certificates were designed and produced by pupils from the school from materials kindly provided by Lem UK and included the logos of all participating teams.
The final age group on Sunday afternoon were the U13s. Again, there was plenty of great football, and again a winner from Liverpool – Breeze FC.
Overall the seven different age groups produced 14 different clubs as winners and runners-up, amongst them the Cherrybrook U10 as winners and Skem North U12, which both play in the Skelmersdale Junior Football League.
Over the weekend a 32 page programme was available with 50p from each sale donated to charity.
This led to £150 being given to the Millie Rose Appeal and another £150 to the Walking with Giants Foundation which supports those who have premordial dwarfism, a condition Lucy, who is the sister of one of the Skem North players has.
On the whole the tournament was a huge success and enquiries have already been received for next year’s event.
Skem North JFC would like to thank the council and Skelmersdale Junior Football league for their support, without which the tournament would not have been possible.
IF you are looking for a team for your child, Skem North are always looking for players, at the moment in particular for next season's U7 and U8 teams, which means children in Years 2 and 3 for the new school term starting next month.
If you are looking for a safe environment without pressure for your child to enjoy his/her football please contact the Skem North chairman Peter Glatzel on 07787 534589, or via the site www.skemnorth.com