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Winky Sixes football tournament 2017

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 21:24
By John Smith

Winky Sixes award ceremony

The annual Winky Sixes football tournament took place over the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June. It's a youth six-a-side football tournament organised and run by the committee, coaches and supporters of Wincanton Town Football Club Youth Section. This was the third time the event has been held at the Wincanton Sports Ground.

The tournament was open to youth football teams from under 7s to under 15s from all over the Southwest. This year teams from as far away as Wimborne, Weston-super-Mare, Dorchester and Redhill in Hampshire gathered at Wincanton Sports Ground for the tournament, run over two days with 10 teams in each group.

The under 7s, 8s and 9s all took part in a “fair play” league, each participant receiving a medal. The under 10s to under 15s teams all played in a league format with the top four progressing to the semi-finals, and the subsequent winners then playing the final. Every finalist received an individual trophy and the winning team also received a plaque.

Preparation for the tournament also needed serious teamwork. In the months prior to the event Sean Chapman and Ben Hamblin worked together to plan and execute it. Nick Hamblin, Paul McCarthy, Martin Farrell, and Paul Slade were responsible for pitch preparation. Countless others joined the team to help before, during, and after the tournament. The matches were refereed by volunteers including senior club players, coaches, managers, and local referees who gave their time for free.

1 Regiment Army Air Corps putting up the tents

Thanks is also due to 1 Regiment Army Air Corps based at Yeovilton, who supplied and erected four tents on Friday morning in glorious June sunshine, at no cost, to provide shelter for food and ancillary services during the tournament.

The majority of the food and drink sold over the weekend was sourced locally. Burgers, bacon and sausages from Bill the Butcher in Bruton proved so popular that they sold out of hot dogs and burgers. Bread rolls were donated by Declan Farrell of MattiMia Confectionary in Wincanton. The Coffee Pod in Wincanton provided freshly ground coffee. Cakes were baked by family and friends of Wincanton Town FC Youth Section. Ice cream was sold by a crew from Luverrly Dairy Ice Cream.

In stark contrast, 1 Regiment Army Air Corps dismantled the tents in the pouring June rain.

All monies raised from the event will be used to help run Wincanton Town FC Youth Section over the next 12 months.

Winky Sixes 2018 will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June.




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