All the lads and lasses, all with smiling faces: Panshanger football festival races to another success

PUBLISHED: 11:29 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 12 June 2018

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger Lions.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger Lions. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Archant

Moneyhole Lane Playing Fields were awash with young footballers this weekend as Panshanger Football Club held their annual football festival.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - St Margaretsbury in action.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - St Margaretsbury in action. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Held across two days, the event continues to draw a wide array of teams from across not just Hertfordshire but also Essex, London and even Kent.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger in action.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger in action. Picture: Karyn Haddon

In total over 1,500 boys and girls took part from 120 teams in age groups from U6 to U15.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger V Hoddesdon.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger V Hoddesdon. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Nick Hayes, the head coach of Panshanger U8s, said: “From the little one’s up, the standard of football was outstanding. It was a joy to see so many players playing with a smile on their face.”

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament .


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Trophies were handed out by Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Jen Williams from Lee Valley Karate Academy, executive coordinator and tournament referee Lee Jones and Fiona Reed, vice chair of Panshanger FC among others.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger V Hoddesdon.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger V Hoddesdon. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Club chairman Peter Monk said: “We’re very pleased we could offer this tournament again to the teams but without all the support given in the preceding months plus over the weekend, this festival would not have happened.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - St Margaretsbury Reds.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - St Margaretsbury Reds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“All the managers and committee members deserve a special mention as they were there at 5:30am both days helping to put out nets, corner flags, setting up the BBQ, etc.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - VPFFC Saxons.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - VPFFC Saxons. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“They then stayed until 7:30pm to pack away at the end of the day and pick up litter.”

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Broxbourne Borough Blues.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - Broxbourne Borough Blues. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He thanked others, including the families who helped out and Karen Wilson who hosted the barbecue, as well as all the teams that took part.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - St Margaretsbury Greys.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - St Margaretsbury Greys. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Monk said: “We have no doubt that you will have made many memories of seeing your teams play with a smile on their face which ultimately is what the game is all about.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - BSCFC Youth V St Margaretsbury.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - BSCFC Youth V St Margaretsbury. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“Without you and your passion for the sport and its players, there would be no festival. Thank you for your contribution and efforts. We greatly appreciate them.”

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger Tiny Tykes in action.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger Tiny Tykes in action. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The final thanks went to perhaps the most important people – the players themselves.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger in action.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger in action. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Monk added: “Most importantly we’d like to thank all the players who took part in the tournament. You are all a credit to your clubs, well done.”

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - VPFFC Romans.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - VPFFC Romans. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Panshanger are looking for more players aged from six to 18. Anyone interested should email nigel.pitt@panshangerfc.co.uk or 07896 621246.

Panshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger V Hoddesdon.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPanshanger Youth Football Tournament - Panshanger V Hoddesdon. Picture: Karyn Haddon

For more pictures go to www.whtimes.co.uk/sport

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists