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
Moneyhole Lane Playing Fields were awash with young footballers this weekend as Panshanger Football Club held their annual football festival.
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.
In total over 1,500 boys and girls took part from 120 teams in age groups from U6 to U15.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
“They then stayed until 7:30pm to pack away at the end of the day and pick up litter.”
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.
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.
“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.”
The final thanks went to perhaps the most important people – the players themselves.
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 are looking for more players aged from six to 18. Anyone interested should email email@example.com or 07896 621246.
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