On Monday 31st July, a group of young people from the Positive Youth Foundation attended a football tournament at the ‘Home of Football’, St. Georges Park.
The members of the team were selected to represent PYF after a gruelling four-week tournament in which multiple teams battled it out to be crowned winners and earn a chance to represent PYF at St. Georges Park.
The selected team made their way to St. Georges Park ready to take on a number of teams from around the country.
On arrival, our team were given a tour of the National Football Centre, walking through the England team’s dressing room, taking part in a workout in the gym and best of all, taking to the pitch for the first time.
The team started their journey by playing against West Brom, drawing 1-1 after a tense affair. Next up, we took on Team Charlie (UP Foundation) and played a blistering game, winning 4-1. Lastly, our team took on Birmingham City, playing bravely but ultimately it wasn’t our day as we lost 1-0.
However, that wasn’t the end of our journey, finishing second in our group we moved into the quarter finals, ready to take on a team from Burton Albion. After an inspired performance, the PYF team won 2-0, moving them a step closer to the final with a game against Solihull Moores up next. After a tense game where both sides challenged but couldn’t find the back of the net, the result came down to sudden-death penalties.
Sadly, this was where our journey ended, with Solihull Moores advancing into the final to face off against Birmingham City.
Health and Sports Programme Co-ordinator Cormac Whelan said “The lads are gutted not to get through to the final but they had a fantastic day playing at St. Georges Park and scoring some absolute wonder goals. They’re a fantastic credit to PYF and to the city of Coventry, the tournament was an opportunity for the young people to show their commitment as well as develop a range of skills beyond the physical elements of sport. We’re grateful to UP Foundation for inviting us to take part in the event, it has been a fantastic experience for our young people.”