YOUTH FOOTBALL: 7,000 youngsters showcase their skills at Wisbech St Mary tournament

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Thousands of young footballers gathered in Wisbech St Mary last weekend for one of the region’s biggest tournaments.

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Almost 400 teams of youngsters - ranging from under six sides to under 16s – travelled to Fenland for the tournament held across a whopping 28 pitches and showcased their skills in front of scouts from top local clubs.

A tournament spokesman said: “Thanks to all involved including all the teams who travelled to Wisbech St Mary this year and made tournament the best yet.

“We look forward to seeing you all next year.”

One of the side’s managers said: “A comment from one of my under sevens was that it was the best tournament we have ever done.”

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

The marquee local tournament has gone from strength to strength since it was organised by Keith William along with Terry and Joan Ardener over 20 years ago.

The first edition took place on two pitches and involved just 10 teams.

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary under 16s vs. Spalding. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

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