The youngsters swapped places with their parents this morning as the adults donned the football kits to challenge managers and coaches from SMS Football Club in a thrilling Christmas Charity Football Tournament.

Four teams competed for the impressively large SMS Trophy (SMS were clearly confident it would stay in their hands) in a series of twenty minute round robin games. At the end of these qualifying rounds, the top two teams were announced and the Grand Final was played out to decide the Tournament winners.

With the kids supporting, and on occasions berating, from the sidelines, the football was competitive and frenetic. Make no mistake … although this was a friendly, charity tournament, bragging rights were up for grabs and all four teams seemed to fancy their chances of lifting that cup.

The tournament had everything you would expect … some great individual and team play, a few fantastic goals, a dodgy penalty decision (yes, Warren, you know the one I mean) and a host of laughable misses (I’m not allowed to mention Ryan at this point).

In between the games, Chief WAG, Kayleigh and her team of volunteers, kept the players’ energy levels up with a seemingly endless supply of bacon butties and hot drinks and, on this bitterly cold Saturday morning, they were very well received.

It was good to see a few of my former students playing on the Coaches’ Team and I even bumped into an old ‘sparring partner’ from my Sunday League playing days – although it wasn’t long before he was substituted, clearly needing a little rest (sorry, Michael).

Eventually, the Coaches’ Team ran out winners, defeating opponents made up mainly from parents of the SMS Under 6s’ squad.

The whole event was great fun and raised lots of money for ‘Epilepsy Action’, a charity very close to the club’s heart. All the players contributed and money raised from the sales of refreshments were to be added at the end of the morning. The grand total raised was £120.

I would like to thank Warren, Ryan and Kayleigh for inviting me down to this excellent event and would like to congratulate everyone involved.

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