Newark Town organises youth football tournament and sees over 200 teams
Nearly 200 teams took part in a youth football tournament in Newark over two weekends.
Organised by Newark Town, the competition attracted teams from across the Midlands and Staffordshire.
The tournament culminated in the Tom Mann Memorial Cup, held in memory of a talented youth footballer.
It was contested at under-13s level and was attended by Tom’s family, who presented the trophy to the winning team Royce Rangers.
A Newark Town spokesman Carla Brown said the event took six months of planning and a lot of paperwork to ensure it ran as smoothly as possible.
She said: “It was a complete success, thanks to the club volunteers, managers, parents and their families. We are the only club locally to hold a tournament this year.”
Feedback from the event was very positive, with teams such as Shardlow United and Coalville expressing their thanks and passing on their congratulations to Town for a successful tournament.
More than 140 clubs took part in the tournament — the first since the covid pandemic — on the opening weekend.
The tournament was professionally run and featured qualified referees recommended through the Young Elizabethan League. These include older players from the club who are now qualified referees.
Each referee awarded an outstanding player of the match and certificates were presented to the winners.
Each age group was sponsored by a local company and trophies and medals were presented to all the winning teams.
The tournament helps to fund and develop the coaches and sides from across the club’s age groups, from five to the senior team.
Newark Town will field over 32 sides this coming season, including 18 at junior level, nine girls’ teams, a ladies’ first team, two disability sides, and a Sunday team, as well as the men’s first team.
Newark Town run Saturday and Sunday junior development centres for boys and girls from the age of four.
The club currently has coaching opportunities available. Anyone interested should contact the club.