Story and photos by Jim Jamison
If you like football, like I do, then you missed a treat on Friday 12th May when Fir Vale Academy held a community football seven-a-side tournament (over 16s).
Eight teams took part in the knockout competition, coming from many parts of the community. I was quietly surprised at the talent on show in all the teams, but admit to being particularly impressed by the eventual runners’ up goalkeeper and the winners’ striker.
Bibiana Jordan-Horvathova, Community Cohesion Officer, who helped to organize and promote the tournament together with PE department staff led by Jorden Spur, explained that “Sport brings people together and very sport oriented, and has a strong focus on involvement with the community.
It was a great afternoon, the winners were Parkwood, and the runners up were Park the Plane FC, and we must not forget to thank the referees who were excellent. Prizes were awarded and everyone received a medal for participating. Sheffield United Football Club and Tankersley Manor provided prizes and Tesco the refreshments.
The whole event certainly reminded this reporter that sport in any form breaks down barriers, giving people of differing cultural backgrounds a chance to meet and enjoy themselves.
Team captain of Park the Plane Hamza Ditta told the Messenger:
“We did well to get to the final but unfortunately lost to the better team. We look forward to competing again but until then we will continue to play football and strive to be better.”
Bibiana sent her thanks to Tankersley Manor hotel & spa and Saville Street Tesco for providing prizes and to Tesco Express Page for sponsoring the refreshments. She also added that more community sporting events were planned.
More Tournaments? Bring it on!