26th Lenzie Youth Football Festival
DESPITE poor weather the festival over the weekend was greatly enjoyed and with plenty of good football and excellent behaviour the referees had a difficult job in selecting the ‘Fair Play’ winners in each age group.
However, taking everything into consideration they chose 2000 – Airdrie B.C., 2001 – Lenzie Y.C., 2002 – Airdrie B.C. and in 2003 – Scotland B.C.
The festival also featured the ‘Fun Fours’ with 17 teams taking part and a “beat the goalie” competition which was shared by Airdrie B.C. and Lenzie Y.C.
The adult ‘sevens’ was also a success with the parents/coaches of the 2004 kids winning the trophy and parents/coaches of 2002/5 section winning the plate.
The four invited ‘guest’ teams – Lenzie Academy, Mikey’s Marvels, Rossvale Coaches and Adrian’s Allstars – all did well.
Over the weekend more than 750 youngsters were involved. Adding the numbers from the previous 11-a-side competition, well over 1,200 youngsters took part in this year’s festival.
Thanks go to: Lenzie Academy for the use of the grounds and East Dunbartonshire Council’s greenspace team for ensuring they were in great condition; the SFA for use of ‘Fun Four’ goals; all the sponsors; Lenzie Youth Club Committee for all their hard work; the referees who kept the festival running along smoothly; and to all those who took part – showing good sportsmanship and behaviour throughout.
LENZIE Youth Club have just returned from Plougonvelin in Brittany in France where they took part in a 50-team 11-a-side football festival.
They were accommodated by their hosts and all the visiting teams stayed together in an Army complex, with teams coming as far afield as Brazil.
The festival comprised of 10 sections of five teams initially. Although Lenzie because of age restrictions were giving away a year in age to their opponents in their first three fixtures, they fought out three draws against FC Bruz, Legion St Pierre, and Stella Maris Dournenez, which meant they had to defeat pro-youth side AS Cherbourg in their last game to go forward.
In wet and windy conditions they lost this game 3-0, but earned great praise for their attitude and fighting qualities.
They then arranged to take on the youth team of Sporting Dijon, who play in the French first division. They were again a year older and although Lenzie lost the game it was a great experience as the French team played a fast tempo passing game.
Lenzie were a very popular team in the competition as the boys made loads of football friends and the local population requested that they come back again next year.
The competition was won by the youth team of Stad Brest and the under-17 professional competition by Rennes, who defeated Auxerre in the final.
LENZIE Youth Club 1996 are holding open trials over the next few weeks. Players with good pedigree in boys club or senior football are invited to go along. Lenzie are the Central Region Cup holders and the team are of a high standard. Players who feel they are up to the challenge of training for a top boys club and are looking for a change of scenery should contact Billy on 07818 096752 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org