College hosts five-a-side

The first recreational 6-a-side football tournament for West Suffolk College students has taken place.Organised by FE Sports co-ordinator Neil Gilmore, the tournament came about after a football participation survey carried out in partnership with the Suffolk FA.

The first recreational 6-a-side football tournament for West Suffolk College students has taken place.

Organised by FE Sports co-ordinator Neil Gilmore, the tournament came about after a football participation survey carried out in partnership with the Suffolk FA. Teams of College students and squads from local upper schools took part.

Teams entered: West Suffolk College - Sports Studies, Rugby Academy, Business National A, Business National B, Marketing & Communication and Carpentry. Other teams: County Upper School (2), King Edward VI Upper School (KEUS) and St Benedict's School.

The tournament was played on the Astroturf pitch at KEUS. Neil Gilmore said: “It was well contested and played in the right way.”


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Two College squads made it through to the final: Sports Studies and Business National B. The Business students came out on top in the final and were worthy winners on the day.

“The tournament provided students the opportunity to play football in a fun environment,” said Chris Walsh, Suffolk FA Football Development Officer. “The day was well organised and the standard of football was extremely high. I hope that more tournaments can be organised to support the students' love for the game.”

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Due to the success of this event and the level of interest shown this year, next year's tournament will be held for College students only. The top six teams will qualify to play against the sixth form teams from KEUS, County Upper and St Benedict's in a Bury St Edmunds U19's tournament.

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