Great Yarmouth’s Soccer on the Sands a success again

Organisers boasted a best-ever Soccer on the Sands tournament at the weekend.

Great Yarmouth's golden beach hosted the popular football event, which saw 128 teams and more than 1,000 players take to the sand.

And after completing its eighth year, the Norfolk FA-organised Soccer on the Sands continues to go from strength to strength.

'I've been involved for three years, two running it, and I would say this is the most successful one we have done in terms of the smooth running of it – it went really well,' said tournament organiser and Norfolk FA football development officer Craig Terrington.

'Obviously the weather is a key factor and it stayed dry for us.

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'Saturday was lovely and the Sunday, albeit a little bit windy to start with, it developed into a nice day – and that makes the competition for everyone.'

This year's competition carried the theme Champions League, with every team given a club from this year's European Cup groups to represent.

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And much like Norwich City's march to Premier League success, it was the Soccer on the Sands teams allocated the yellow shirts of MKS Zilina that proved most successful across the age groups.

The Under-7 and Under-8 categories shared the honours, as part of the FA's guidance on making football competitive only for those in older age groups – with the rest being played out with impressive spirit.

'It is the only beach tournament around, so we had teams from Derby and other counties,' added Terrington.

'It's getting out there to further afield and it's a popular competition. The feedback we got on the day, people coming up and thanking us for the competition, it makes it all worthwhile.'

Norwich City girls, Rockland Youth and Taverham all took a brace of titles.

• Winners – Under-9 boys: Taverham FC. U10 boys: Waveney B. U11 boys: Taverham FC. U11 girls: Norwich City. U12 boys: Rocklands Youth. U-13 boys: Rocklands Youth. U13 girls: Norwich City.

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