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Story added: 2nd July 2018

Over 2,000 youngsters from over 230 teams take part in Foundation’s annual football tournament

The sun was out in full force as the Community Sports Foundation (CSF)’s 19th annual Summer Cup was played out at Easton & Otley College over the weekend.

Over 2,000 players from over 230 teams took part in the tournament.

Barely a cloud broke the blue sky across the two days, though the hot temperatures threw up some challenging playing conditions for the youngsters.

Not that it mattered for Aylsham FC’s U12s.  The side have dominated their age group since their first outing in 2015, and, once again, they made it a remarkable four consecutive Summer Cup trophy wins out of four with success on Saturday.

In the U14 section, Old Catton – winners back in 2016 – added to their trophy cabinet following a nail-biting penalty shoot out against Mulbarton FC.

Also collecting a second tournament win following success in 2016, were Firside Athletic U13s who saw off Sprowston in the final. 

Across the younger age groups at the tournament, the silverware was won by clubs new to Summer Cup success.

On the Sunday, Holt United U9s won the tournament’s youngest age category, with tournament regulars Horsford winning the U11 section following a closely contested final against Thorpe Rovers. 

Finally, Feltwell won the U10 section, managing to finish the tournament unbeaten, despite the best efforts of Attleborough in the final.

Photos: Summer Cup 2018

Photos: Summer Cup 2018

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Teams in the Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8 categories enjoyed a non-competitive festival of football.

The weekend also gave the chance for pan-disability teams from the Foundation and across the U.K. to showcase what they could do.

The Canaries were joined by guests from Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Aston Villa and Leicester City for a small-sided mini-tournament, which was eventually won by the Citizens.

Jordan Southgate, CSF Senior Football Development Manager, said: “It was a great weekend – the atmosphere across both days was fantastic, and it really gave our young boys and girls the chance to express themselves on the pitch.

“The conditions weren’t the easiest to play in, but everyone really gave it their all.”

The Community Sports Foundation would like to thank Errea, Easton & Otley College, Norwich City Football Club and 4 Sports Group for their support.

Winners list

Under 7s and Under 8s – non-competitive

Under 9s – Winners: Holt United FC / Runners Up: Isleham FC

Under 10s – Winners: Feltwell FC / Runners Up: Attleborough FC

Under 11s – Winners: Horsford FC / Runners Up: Thorpe Rovers FC

Under 12s – Winners: Aylsham FC / Runners Up: Stoke United FC

Under 13s – Winners: Firside Athletic FC/ Runners Up: Sprowston FC

Under 14s – Winners: Old Catton FC / Runners Up: Mulbarton FC

"It was a great weekend - the atmosphere across both days was fantastic, and it really gave our young boys and girls the chance to express themselves on the pitch"

Jordan Southgate

CSF Senior Football Development Manager

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