Welwyn Garden City youth football club holds 86-team tournament
PUBLISHED: 11:56 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:34 08 May 2017
Welwyn Garden City Youth Football Club held a "fantastic" 86-team tournament and was donated life-saving equipment.
The May 1 bank holiday competition saw youth teams in Hertfordshire from several age groups pitted against each other at the Herns Lane club.
WGC Youth FC were also donated a defibrillator from the charity Defibrillators in Public Places (DiPPs), which aims to put the life-saving equipment into local communities.
Club chairman, Kevin Murphy, said: “We were hoping that the event would go well but it exceeded all our expectations.
“Several participants told us that it was the most organized tournament that they had ever attended, which was great to hear.
“A huge amount of effort went into organising the tournament and it was brilliant that the hard work of all our highly committed volunteers was rewarded.
“It was certainly a long day, but seeing the smiling faces of around 700 players on the day was a reward in itself.”
One of the tournaments was eventually won on penalties, but Kevin added the togetherness of all the players from both sides was there for all to see.
“After the medals had been awarded it was impossible to tell in the joint-team photo which players had won and which had lost,” he added.
“These are exactly the values that we are trying to instil into all our players and so was a very proud moment for us all.”