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Photo gallery: Feast of football for junior teams at 15th Community Sports Foundation Summer Cup

06:30 12 July 2015

Action from the Community Sports Foundation Summer Cup competition at Easton & Otley College in  Pictures: Natalie Sawyer and Nicola Harvey

Action from the Community Sports Foundation Summer Cup competition at Easton & Otley College in Pictures: Natalie Sawyer and Nicola Harvey

Natalie Sawyer and Nicola Harvey

Youth teams from across East Anglia flocked to Easton for the 15th Community Sports Foundation Summer Cup.

The tournament welcomed close to 200 teams and over 2,000 spectators to Easton & Otley College, with soaring temperatures on the first day followed by heavy rainfall on day two.

The challenging weather conditions did little to dampen the carnival atmosphere of the festival however, with over 550 matches played.

Catering for boys and girls from six through to 14, the event this year saw a new 11-a-side format introduced for U13 and U14 teams.

On the pitch, a Summer Cup record was broken as Gorleston Rangers U11s made it a hat-trick of wins, having won the U10 and U9 tournament in previous years.

Results

Winners

U9s: Aylsham FC (runners-up North Walsham YFC)

U10s: Gorleston Rangers (R/U Old Catton JFC)

U11s: Gorleston Rangers (R/U Wymondham Town)

U12s: Old Catton JFC (R/U Surlingham FC)

U13s: Sprowston FC (R/U Lakeford Rangers)

U14s: North Walsham YFC (R/U Lakeford Rangers)

Group stage winners

U9s: Aylsham, New Buckenham, Old Catton, Morley Youth

U10s: Old Catton, Gorleston Rangers, Firside Athletic, Wymondham Town

U11s: Gorleston Rangers, Mulbarton Wanderers, Costessey Jets, East Coast Warriors

U12s: Gorleston Rangers, Attleboro’, Old Catton, Taverham YFC

U13s: Lakeford Rgrs, Sprowston FC

U14s: Firside Ath, Nth Walsham YFC

Their success was mirrored by Gorleston U10s, who saw off Old Catton in the final.

The two victories this year took the coastal-based youth team’s all-time haul of Summer Cup silverware to 19, pulling further away from second-placed Lakeford Rangers.

Both Lakeford’s U13 and U14s teams qualified for their respective finals, with both age groups being played in an 11-a-side format for the first time. They were pipped to the titles however, by Sprowston in the U13s and North Walsham in the U14s.

Meanwhile, Aylsham FC enjoyed their first Summer Cup success, the north Norfolk club victorious in the U9 category.

The U7s and U8s were non-competitive as per FA regulations, but gave many of the participants their first taste of tournament football.

Elsewhere, the Norwich City CSF Elite Pan Disability squad welcomed their equivalents from Watford FC for a tournament on the Sunday. The participants enjoyed a residential at Easton over the weekend, combining training, matches and team building exercises, courtesy of Premier League funding.

Football development officer Dan Goffin said: “It was a Summer Cup that will live long in the memory. Credit to all our players over the weekend, who despite some tough weather conditions gave it their all. They received some first-rate support from their coaches, managers and parents too.

“The Cup is also an excellent recruitment tool for our Norwich City Player Development Centre, and it was great to have the opportunity to see so many talented youngsters here this year.

“Many of our programme’s current participants were first scouted at the Cup and we’ve hopefully identified some new talent to join them.”

The cup was sponsored by Holden Renault, Link Radio, Macron and Easton & Otley College.

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