In pictures: Thames Valley Youth football tournament

Emma Billingham

Emma Billingham

Nearly 2,000 young footballers took part in a two day mixed ages and abilities football tournament over the weekend.

The six-a-side football tournament is organised by the Thames Valley Youth Football Club committee and invites youth football clubs to play from across the south-east, with teams coming from as far as Cambridge to play at the weekend.

The under seven teams, both boys and girls, played on Saturday and the ages 10 to 14 played yesterday (Sunday) at Upton Court Park in Upton Court Road.

More than 230 teams, with 1,800 players, played about 700 games over the course of the weekend.

Darren Gotch, chairman of the Thames Valley Youth Football Club, said: “It was excellent, it’s all gone really well with loads of kids playing.

“It’s great to give them the opportunity to play against different teams.

“Thanks also to Get Active for sponsoring, meaning we have more money for equipment meaning we can do more for the kids.

“All the parents have been great over the two days and everyone’s time has been given free of charge.”

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