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Community Team move into Stalybridge

Community Team move into Stalybridge

Hanging onto the coat tails of the first team, the community team have shifted the centre of some of some of their operations to Stalybridge.

On Saturday 18th September, they organised a 6-a-side tournament for 4 teams of 16-19 year olds at the Copley Centre on Huddersfield Road which is set picturesquely against a backdrop of the Pennines.

Four teams entered the tournament, three of them attending an FC tournament for the first time.

We were pleased to welcome a team from West Gorton FC who are currently riding high in the Hyde Sunday League. They looked difficult to beat and so it proved when they won the crucial tie with Ardwick Youth Club 2-1.

Ardwick, also attending for the first time, were unlucky to lose, giving a good account of themselves. This group play regularly on a 4-a-side pitch in Ancoats and boast some excellent players.

The third new team were Tameside Leaving Care Service who looked like a team who had never met before, which is in fact what they were at the start of the tournament, but by the end were looking more menacing with Jamal Iddi, who plays for Burscough reserves, looking especially impressive.

It was our old friends the Making It Work team who took home the wooden spoon. Missing some of the players that helped them to do well at the Inter Mancunia tournament at Manchester Grammar School earlier this month, but assisted by players coming through a street football project FC United coaches are running in Bogart Hole Clough, the team failed to perform as it hoped but has vowed to return and win again in the future.

Some of the participants came along to the FC match afterwards.

The next tournament will be at Stalybridge again on Sunday 24th October. If you know a team of 16-19 year olds who would like to enter, please get in touch with robinpye@fc-utd.co.uk. The tournament is especially aimed at projects seeking to use football to engage young men of this age group.

First Posted ~ 10:07 Wed 22 Sep 2010
News ID ~ 8914
Last Updated ~ 01:56 Wed 17 Feb 2021