• Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival The first taste of the Premier League Games Programme introduced competitive football in a fun environment
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival September's festival was a chance for youngsters to meet and play against teams from all over England, and Swansea in Wales
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival More than 540 boys represented the 20 PL clubs and nine other Category One Academies in the introductory festival
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival Each team played 10 matches, each lasting 10 minutes, during one day of football
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival While there were no league tables, each match was competitive in its own right and introduced that element of Academy football
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival It gave players the chance to develop their understanding of tactics and teamwork as they came up against the country's best U9 footballers
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival Reading's Thomas Kabza (centre), eight years of age, said the festival will help make him a better footballer
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival As part of the experience, the boys stayed away from their parents overnight in Warwick, many for the first time
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival Neil Saunders, Head of Youth at the Premier League, says: "It's about making sure we develop and educate them on the pitch, but also give them opportunities to grow and develop as young boys."
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome Festival The Premier League Games Programme provides tournaments from U9 level up to Premier League 2, for Under-23 players