On Saturday 27th June 2015 12 teams embarked on a journey that will not be erased from the memory any time soon. Teams placed in two groups saw each team battle it out in fantastic weather to qualify for the top 4 spots in respective groups.
Vision FC the finalists topped their group with Five Bills topping the other group could this be the final people felt after watching these two teams turn in storming performances throughout the day…
Teams were by no mean coming to provide easy opposition with some big hitters in both group A and B playing for enjoyment, pride, fun which in turn will provide more memories for the real causes and memories that they play for which without doubt are close to their hearts.
Teams involved in PFTM June 2015 7 aside tournament:
Crown & Manor (Youth Club), Kiyan Prince Foundation (Anti gang/knife Crime), Focus Football (Parkinsons UK), Silk FC (Sickle Cell), Vision FC (Memory of Joe Kacz), Nedime (Cancer UK), Five Bills (Youth in Sport), Memory of Mohammad (In memory of Mohammad), Power Circle 7s (Special Olympics), TDC&Sitel (Kingston Hospice), JVJM (Memory of Jack Merrick) and IBELIEVE (Child Brain Damage).
A great emotional filled day which was played in remarkable spirit saw each team embrace the true meaning of Play For The Memory with Team Kiyan Prince even fielding a superstar of the future at 9 years old. The day was not only special for boys aged 9 but also for people age 49 as a string of young professionals turned up to support causes and cheer on friends with a few cameo appearances from; Jon Obika, Kevin Stewart, Daniel Powell, Jacques Maghoma, Sam Cox, Olumide Durojaiye, Ryan Fredericks the list goes on… We were truly blown away by the support these guys provided on a charitable day and they were more then happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
The Quarter Finals and Semi Finals really heated up with electrying games between Crown & Manor and Silk FC with Crown and Manor winning 2-1 in the last few minutes and a semi final stormer between Power Circle 7s (PC7) and Five Bills with a 3-1 win for Power Circle.
As all the spectators prepared for the final a raffle for the countries current number 9s football boots (Wayne Rooney) were raffled and won by a Mr Kevin Merrick (manager of JVJM). Kevin who will auction the boots off to the highest bidder and kindly donate proceeds to a local church very close to Kevin and the families heart was extremely pleased with the win.
The final was a very toughly contested one with Vision FC playing in memory of close friend Adam Wallaces Joe Kacz and captain Anton Blackwood of PC7 playing to help family members abroad and also to donate to the special Olympics in Australia. The final would go down to a penalty shootout and then into sudden death with Jonathon Miles the PC7 keeper saving a vision spot kit leaving Joseph(PC7) to slot home and take the £1000 prize on offer. Adam Wallace and Vision walked away with the second prize of a signed Manchester United Shirt.
A really inspirational day for all involved, we would like to extend our thanks to all the teams that entered and played in great spirits, the referees who were tremendous; Alex, Jessica, Brandon and Noel, volunteers on the day far too many to mention but thank you and to all the supporters for really creating a raucous atmosphere that even passing spectators wanted to be a part of and to the quiet sponsors of Henri Lansbury Soccer school and One Glove co.
A big thank you must go out to a man who has won almost everything the professional football game has to offer Manchester Uniteds Andy Cole who provided us with stunning gifts to hand out such as; Wayne Rooneys signed boots, Michael Carricks signed boots and a signed Manchester United Shirt.
We look forward to seeing more teams soon and we are now preparing for Netball Play for the Memory so watch this space….