Over the weekend of 7th – 8th June, Wembley FC hosted the Brent Youth World Cup, at the home ground at Vale Farm, supported by the Wembley National Stadium Trust.
Saturday saw the girls competition, with the boys taking centre stage on Sunday. Four girls and eight boys teams took part, each representing a different country from the real tournament, with full kits provided for the day. Before the games, teams paraded with their national flags and stood for the playing of national anthems.
The atmosphere was fantastic- with a large crowd enjoying a real family fun day – with plenty of side attractions around to keep everyone busy, as well as football coaching sessions available between matches.
Competition throughout both tournaments was fierce but always played in a great spirit. At the end of the day though, Spain ran out winners of the girl’s competition, with Japan taking the honours for the boys. However, everyone taking part went home with a medal as well as their kit – the days having fostered great relations between different groups of young people.
Each team also had to research and produce a display on the country they were representing, encouraging the young people to find out about a culture outside of their own. Saturday’s displays were judged by Andy Perrin from Middlesex FA and Sunday’s by Stewart Goshawk, WNST’s Chief Executive.
Thanks go to Brain, Fitzroy and all of the Wembley FC team for a very successful weekend.
………oh and as for the England team in the boys tournament, well of course, they lost on penalties in the semi-final.