Gallery: Kick off for new Welwyn Garden City football team

A NEW football club kicked off its first match in style with a festival of fun at their home ground. At King George V playing fields, in Beehive Lane, WGC, King George FC opened its inaugural Summer Cup amid a sea of orange balloons – the same colour as t

A NEW football club kicked off its first match in style with a festival of fun at their home ground.

At King George V playing fields, in Beehive Lane, WGC, King George FC opened its inaugural Summer Cup amid a sea of orange balloons - the same colour as the team's home kit.

To help the new club get started, the Hertfordshire Community Foundation secured a Sport Relief grant of �4,690, which was presented to club founders Martin and Paula Williams at the opening ceremony.

A total of 40 teams took part in the competition, and a side comprised of members from the emergency services took on King George's Under-18s in a friendly match.


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Aside from football, there was also go-karting, a climbing wall and rides for children.

Teams from across the county welcomed King George FC and hailed the event as a success.

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Martin Ready, manager of Lemsford Youth Pumas, who won the Under-10s tournament, said: "It was such a fun day for all and clear that a lot of hard work had gone into the event.

"The football was played in a real friendly atmosphere and true spirit of the game."

Paula Williams said: "We were thrilled with the success of the event and the donation from Hertfordshire Community Foundation was the icing on the cake.

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