COUNTY NEWS: Rio Ferdinand thrills youngsters at Sussex football festival

Photo by Scott Saxby
Photo by Scott Saxby
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Retired England defender Rio Ferdinand appeared at a Sussex football festival to cheer his son on – but attracted plenty of attention himself.

Rio’s boy was playing in the annual SCI Football Festival at Bulverhythe Recreation Ground in Hastings over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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The England legend was happy to post for photographs and sign shirts and football boots for the thrilled youngsters – and their parents.

Ferdinand’s son played as a goalkeeper during the tournament and his team finished runners-up.

The event stretched over four days with constant entertainment available, with a strong emphasis on providing fun and plenty of amusements for children to enjoy.

The football matches took place on Saturday and Sunday, with a presentation evening at the holiday park as a finale. Former Southampton and England striker Matt Le Tissier presented the awards.