Young footballers enjoying a Sussex summer of fun

Action from the Chichester City tournament   Picture by Louise Adams
Action from the Chichester City tournament Picture by Louise Adams

Chichester City FC held their 12th annual football tournament and fun day at Chichester High School for Boys.

Around 120 teams from Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex competed on eight small-0sided football pitches over Saturday and Sunday.

The glorious south-coast weather helped bring out large crowds of supporters for all the teams and encouraged some great football across all the age groups, which ranged from under-seven through to under-16.

The tournament was hailed a great success by visiting teams and match officials, who enjoyed their visit to the city from surrounding areas, with many of the teams stating they were already looking forward to returning next year.

Under-seven and under-eight teams played non-competitive matches and all players received a trophy

Under-nine through to under-16 tournaments saw the silverwarte shared around, with the host club Chichester City Youth winning the under-16 category.

Meanwhile, the annual fun day and tournament at Fishbourne Romans attracted more than 170 boys and girls from the local community in another successful event for the club.

As well as the football, there was face-painting, a barbecue, bouncy castles and a replica World Cup.

Everyone got a medal, everyone got an ice cream and everyone went home with a smile on their face.

It marked the end of another successful season for the Romans. They meet every Saturday at the playing fields in Blackboy Lane and children have fun through football. They are run completely by volunteers and are as inclusive as possible with children of all ages and abilities taking part each Saturday morning.

Kevin Carter, the chairman of the club, says: “This was a fantastic end to the season. We were threatened by a bad weather forecast; however the sun shone and this was one of our most successful tournaments yet.

“We are open to everyone and we welcome new players from Fishbourne and the surrounding areas – and hope to see a few new members come September.’

The club’s aim is to provide a fun and friendly environment for children aged between 4 and 14, living in and around Fishbourne.

They want children to enjoy the experience of playing football and secondly to improve their skills.

The Romans meet on Saturday from 9.30am to 11am and ask for a voluntary donation of £2 towards running costs. All the money collected is re-invested in the club.

The club offer opportunities for players and volunteers. They provide FA level coaching for all volunteers who want to coach. They also allow students to participate in the club as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award and offer a summer camp for children.

The Romans have been running for more than 15 years and are continually growing as a much-loved community asset.