King Edward VI School (KEGS), the Football Association (FA), Sporting 87, Elmswell and Bury Town worked together in partnership to run a middle schools football festival.
Around 150 children from 11 schools in the Bury area took part in the festival at KEGS to encourage players and teams to join the Suffolk WAYS league, sponsored by Drive Vauxhall.
The ‘celebration of football’ focused on c ompetition, fun and in clusion, with the aim of bridging the gap between schools and football clubs.
Twelve new young referees, aged 14, took charge of the games having been trained by Colin and Jim Hill from the FA.
James Sturgeon, sports project manager, said: “Children are naturally competitive and these festivals nurture that instinct, but the great thing about this FA league is that it’s focused on skill development and playing in different positions rather than just winning.
“The ability to win games is a result of this development.”