Saturday 13 July 2013
More than 1,600 young footballers from more than 200 teams were able to showcase their skills last weekend in the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation's (NCCSF) annual Summer Cup.
The long-running event, supported by the Premier League's Creating Chances programme, gives local clubs the opportunity to compete across seven age groups while also providing the competitors, families and supporters with a festival atmosphere.
"It was fantastic," NCSF communications support officer Dan Wynne told premierleague.com. "It was the biggest Summer Cup we have had in recent times. Not only did we have competitive age groups running, but we had Under-7s and Under-8s involved in a non -competitive format. It was also great to see the return of the girls' event.
"It's good that we can put on an event like that, where these local clubs can achieve the sort of profile for local football and it’s where all the teams come to play, the standard of competition is right up there, and it’s great to see that impact in the community from Norwich City."
"It's known throughout the county as one of the biggest tournaments of its kind in the region"
The tournament at Redmayne Playing Fields, in Norwich, was split over two days, with the Under-10s and Under-12s playing on Saturday and the Under-9s, Under-11s and Under-13s on Sunday.
And the talent on show at the Summer Cup could well be the Norwich City stars of the future as former Canaries Jed Steer and Tom Adeyemi would testify. Both took part in the competition as boys.
"We have lots of players referred from the Summer Cup," Wynne said. "One of the briefs for our coaches is during the competition, any player who stands out, they refer them on to our football development officer who can then invite them to trials at player development centres.
"It's a showcase as well as a competition."
As well as the action on the pitch, there were NCCSF coaching taster sessions, inflatable activities, table tennis and music.
"It’s one of our highlights of the year," Wynne said. "Our entire staff come down and give up a lot of time. It's well known throughout the county as one of the biggest tournaments of its kind in the region.
"There's so much going on besides the football. We go for a real festival feel so the parents, family and supporters they enjoy the day as well as the players."
The Summer Cup is one of many events run by the NCCSF, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. It runs a wide variety of projects, such as Kickz, Street Life Soccer – which works with homeless and vulnerably housed people, and an extensive schools programme. The NCCSF engages with 50,000 people every year.
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