England dominated at the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Game On Home International Tournament on Saturday.
Teams from Hartlepool and Derby travelled to Scotland to represent their country and battle it out to be crowned 2016 Champions in the tournament.
Playing underneath blue skies at a sun-drenched Forthbank Stadium in Stirling Albion, six teams from England, Scotland and Wales took part, each chosen to represent their respective countries after competing in local inter-regional tournament events earlier in the summer.
A tense tournament, which saw each of the players showcase some fantastic footwork and sportsmanship throughout, resulted in Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation (HUCSF) taking the top spot against fellow Englishmen Derby County Community Trust in the final.
Chairman of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Peter McNestry comments: “Game On is a fantastic programme and these tournaments not only allow us to showcase the skills of each of the players and the time and effort that everyone puts in to the programme, but also the massive difference it has on the lives of those taking part.
“This year’s tournament has been brilliant. A huge thanks to Scotland for organising and hosting the event and to each of the players, coaches and managers that took part. They should all be extremely proud of themselves. Congratulations to Hartlepool, it’s great to see the trophy coming to England this year.”
Development Officer for HUCSF, Liam Nobbs comments: “The tournament wasn’t easy, the other teams played some fantastic football and proved difficult to beat at times, but I’m pleased to say that our players absolutely smashed it.
“The team has worked extremely hard to prepare for this competition, putting in extra time and effort to ensure that they were on top of their game. They really deserved to come home from Scotland with the trophy and to be crowned 2016 Game On Champions. We’re thrilled with the final result.”
The Game On programme is delivered as a result of a collaboration between the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting coalfield communities throughout the UK, and each of the clubs taking part.
Game On takes children who would typically find it difficult to access sporting clubs or organised social groups, and delivers training sessions to those living in some of the most socially deprived coalfield communities.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was launched in 1999. Since that time more than 2m people have benefited from support delivered by the organisation. In addition, 25,342 people have been supported into work, 5,375 jobs have been created or safeguarded, more than 1.3m people have improved skills and qualifications and 225,452 people have participated in activities that have improved health.
For more details about Game On and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust please visit www.coalfields-regen.org.uk
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