It started as a vision, a discussion between two gentlemen, Matt Reid and Kevin Hobbs, keen to see their love of our great game expand in to the younger generations. A tournament to raise the profile of the sport and highlight the development, talent and potential of these children. This vision certainly became a reality for Reid and Hobbs and a dream come true for all of those players involved, as the first whistle signalled the start of play on day one.
Full results listing, including scorers can be found on the following link – https://goo.gl/uEiEnf
Silver medals for the Girls U18s Lions team. Wales took the top spot, beating the England Lions 3-1 in finals.
The boys were valiant runners up in a 5-2 victory for Wales, over the England Lions boys.
Well done to the following players, who were voted MVPs from their coaching staff.
We were very proud and privileged to announce that the inaugural “Reid-Hobbs Cup” was to be presented at the end of the tournament and that this will hopefully set the precedent for many years to come. This prestigious trophy was awarded based on the team that lead by example and signified the spirit of the game, fair play, team work and all of the values we are trying to instil in the youth of our growing sport.
This was judged by a panel, and the winners of Cup were the European Select girls team. A huge well done to the players, who came together and played their hearts out. Thanks to Mark Knight from Jersey Touch, for taking on the coaching role too, a great job in such a small space of time.
Firstly, to the England Touch committee. We’re a small group of volunteers who spend immeasurable hours dedicated to the development and running of the sport that both we and you all love.
Secondly, to those contributory in ensuring the hosting of this tournament was in England. Months of planning entailed to pull this spectacular event together.
Ken Pollard (England Touch Development Director) and Kevin Hill (England Touch Events Director), who have been instrumental in ensuring the event ran smoothly, even booking the most welcomed glorious August sunshine that saw temperatures soar (We are still investigating who ordered the rain just in time for finals!).
Thanks also must go to Gregg Cropper (England Touch President) for his continued input in to England Touch, the magnitude of his work in the build up to this event, and the fire-fighting done over the weekend.
To the 20+ strong referee team who assembled for the tournament, some travelling long distances, as far as South Africa to be in attendance.
What an experience
These memories will last forever and give the players the hunger and desire to do it again and again. For the youngsters, this is hopefully the beginning of a long incredible journey in the sport and we can guarantee you will have met incredible people who will become your lifelong friends through playing the sport so far…