• Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome FestivalThe first taste of the Premier League Games Programme introduced competitive football in a fun environment
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome FestivalSeptember'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 FestivalMore 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 FestivalEach team played 10 matches, each lasting 10 minutes, during one day of football
  • Premier League U9 Welcome Festival
    Premier League U9 Welcome FestivalWhile 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 FestivalIt 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 FestivalReading'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 FestivalAs 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 FestivalNeil 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 FestivalThe Premier League Games Programme provides tournaments from U9 level up to Premier League 2, for Under-23 players