Festival of fun for grassroots footballers

MANY young grassroots footballers got their first taste of tournament football, as The Albion Foundation hosted an under 7s festival of fun.

The aim of the event was to get lots of grassroots teams to come together from across the West Midlands to introduce tournament football in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.

Sam Whitmore, a Football Development Coordinator at the Foundation believes the work that the charity are doing in grassroots football is invaluable.

"It's really important for us to be involved," he said.

"It helps us to engage in the local community, get new players involved in football and gives them the chance to work with a professional football club.

"Our event should give them the opportunity to play against new teams and experience tournament football.

"It's a massive learning experience, so they will go away having played a lot of games, enjoying some technical skills and playing with their friends as well."

After a hard-fought tournament, Kewford Eagles and Walsall Wood progressed to the final, with Walsall Wood finishing up as the winners of the festival.

Frankie Keates, a Walsall Wood Under 7s player, used the tournament as an opportunity to become closer to his team.

"I've enjoyed scoring goals today and winning the final," he said.

"I feel that I am closer to my team after today.

"If I wasn't here I wouldn't be doing anything today so I am happy that I got to take part."

Zachary Neville, Kewford Eagles' Under 7s goalkeeper saw the day as a great chance to meet new people.

"I enjoyed getting through to the final," he said.

"It's good to play people that we haven't played before because we can meet different people."

You can view the action from the day in the gallery above.

For more information on the Foundation's work with grassroots football, please contact