Festivals - Somerset
Somerset Festival 2016-2017
Following last year’s success, the ESFA Somerset Festival will be returning for its second year during April 2017, thanks to Somerset Schools’ FA.
Taking the place of the former Isle of Wight Festival, the Somerset Festival provides an opportunity for U13 and U14 District teams, nationwide, to engage, interact and develop not only their footballing skills but also their team skills and friendships over the course of the event.
The festival will span over Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April with morning and afternoon games, planned evening activities and a closing ceremony to conclude events. The event organisers work with not only a local Referees Association but also the Welsh Referees Association, which allows the Festival to provide a fantastic opportunity not only for players to play in a format different to their usual local competitions, but also for young referees to gain valuable experience through the games on offer.
Last year’s festival was highly successful and had fantastic feedback from players, coaches and parents. To take part in 2017, simply contact event organiser Stuart Crisp either via firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone on 07474838787 and see how your team can get involved!
Somerset Festival Season 2015-2016
The Somerset Festival ran over the Easter holidays based at Millfield School Street. Districts from Basingstoke, Plymouth, Coventry, Vale of Wight Horse, Yeovil, Taunton covered the U14 and U13 age groups.
The festival was, as ever, a competitively high standard with a large number of academy players representing their districts. Each team played 5 games over the course of the 4 days playing at Taunton school in the morning and Millfield School in the afternoon, which was also where the teams stayed over the course of the festival.
Coventry and Plymouth drawing 2-2, Yeovil and Vale of Wight Horse 1-2 and Yeovil and Plymouth 3-1 were just a few of the games which epitomised the competitiveness and high level of football being played at the festival. Full results can be found below.
The evenings were spent either bowling or at the cinema after an evening meal at two local restaurants who were keen to support the district schools festival. The final night comprised of the closing ceremony which was held at Yeovil Town FC. The special guest was Ryan Seager of Southampton FC who represented Yeovil and District FA when he was at school.
After the final morning games, there was very positive feedback from players, coaches and parents. Next year we plan to not only double our attendance, due to the fact that school holidays won't clash next year, which stopped a number of associations coming, but we are also working with the local referees association as well as the Welsh referees association to bring on younger referees in a controlled environment.
Despite Storm Katie the first Somerset Festival was a huge success and we hope to continue it as long as the Isle of Wight Festival, hosting hopefully as many players who go on to make it professionally but more importantly create that social and team cohesion which the Isle of Wight always succeeded in doing.
|Vale of Wight Horse||11-0||Taunton|
|Yeovil||1-4||Vale of Wight Horse|