5-a-side Football Tournament 2013 – News and Photos

On Saturday 18th May, service users and staff headed to Wigan, the home of the 2013 FA Cup winners, for Creative Support’s annual 5-a-side football tournament.

Before kick-off, Pete Baldwin from PB Personal Training led a warm-up session to get the teams ready for the games ahead.

This year, 24 teams participated in the tournament, which started with group stages on six pitches and then progressed to the knockout rounds before four teams made it to the cup and shield finals.

AC Alittlesilhouetteofaman, made up of players from head office, eventually won the cup after a tense battle with Vic Vale Vikings from Cumbria. Middlesbrough took home the shield after facing Osborne Road Superstars from Manchester in the final.

At the end of the tournament, players from Wigan Athletic Ladies Football Club (WALFC) presented Player of the Match trophies to Stuart from Osborne Road Superstars and Simon from AC Alittlesilhouetteofaman.

Heather Gallagher from WALFC said:

“All the players have been superb, there’s a lot of talent here. Everyone was so enthusiastic. Well done to everyone.”

Sam Chappell and Caroline Charlton from Liverpool Ladies FC presented Middlesbrough with the shield and AC Alittlesilhouetteofaman with the cup. The winning players also took home a medal to mark their achievement. Every player in the tournament also went away with a badge to say that they had taken part.

Caroline said:

“My highlight of the day has been watching the two finals. There were some quality goals in there! It’s great to see everyone so happy.”

Sam added:

“I’d encourage everyone to keep working hard and keep moving.”

After the presentation, there was a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes. Service users, staff and supporters raised £101 for the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability.

Take a look at the gallery of photos from the event below:




5 Comments so far

  1. colin on May 23, 2013 2:24 am

    thanks for a wonderful day and it was brilliant i helped ac alittle in the semis then helped vic vale vikings in final i met and talked to people i know i met hayley from townley tigers she was nice to talk to and i hope it is in blackburn next year ribble valley will be there see you next year and thank you for a wonderful day.

  2. colin on May 25, 2013 3:19 am

    claire is there anymore photos from wigan football tournament please i wonder if this is a good idea do a three county leagues like lancashire chester manchester in a league and play at one venue it would very good

  3. Ben Thomas on May 28, 2013 9:15 am

    Hi Colin! Would you like me to send a disc with all the photos to Paul in Blackburn so he can pass it on to you? We don’t have any plans for another league at the moment but the tournament will definitely be happening again next year!

  4. dan on June 14, 2013 3:47 pm

    thanks for a great day need more then 1 a year we need a league


  5. Anonymous on July 24, 2013 3:30 am

    yes that would be nice ben sorry did not get back I have been enjoying the hot weather. and dan you will be in my team as well try and get some good players we need to look at friendlies and a small league dan try and talk to joanne or alex ok see you later ben and dan


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