On Sunday 24th March ATF were invited to participate in a Football Tournament which was hosted by the Arsenal Community Football Trust and 17 children that regularly attend our local football sessions at Warrior Square and Cecil Jones took part in this event. We travelled up to Westminster on a mini bus where we had to make many stops along the way due to the Gabour brothers feeling a bit sick!
When we eventually arrived at the venue we were shown around and the team spirit and enthusiasm reached fever pitch.
There were 8 teams entered 2 of which were from ATF; each of our two teams played 7 matches. We faced some tough opponents but both teams showed sheer determination in all the matches they participated in, Olly Sargent captained the Cecil Jones team where he showed some fantastic leadership skills for his team and still remained positive whilst missing endless opportunities, at the other end Harvey Cann pulled off some fantastic saves and even established how the back pass rule works! Santos brought some Brazilian magic to the team and Jack Price remained positive as he had no puddles to contend with! Matty Wheals entered the tournament as the top goal scorer for ATF but he remained focused and played at the back. With our Southend fan Louie Ellison heartbroken having just heard the breaking news that Paul Sturrock got the sack but still able to put this to the back of his mind and focus on working his magic down the wing creating endless opportunities.
Jack ‘Fernando’ Speller scored a number of spectacular goals which helped the Cecil Jones team to finish a very respectable 2nd place.
The Warrior Square team were less than fighting fit with a few of their players struggling with travel sickness but a few carrier bags later they managed to face their first opponents where they pulled off a shock 2-0 victory. Adrian netted a fantastic goal with Symone scoring the other. Each player worked hard for each other and all showed great respect and determination. Martin ‘Ronaldo’ was working the wing where he was getting stuck in and creating lots of shooting opportunities. In the later games he managed to score a brace of goals including a great solo effort which ended in him dribbling the ball round the keeper. Reece managed to pull off some fantastic performances in goal and has now discovered this to be his new position! Kris played at the back for most of the games where he made some crunching tackles and regularly passed the ball back! Festus was playing alongside Kris where he managed to push forward while remaining strong on the ball. Ivan was a late call up to the team having been wrongly thrown off the bus and he managed to perform well and scored a 2 vital goals with his electric pace roasting the defenders. Symone captained this team and was a great leader and led from the front repeatidly using his quick feet to beat players.
Every player who participated enjoyed the day and were grateful for the opportunity, their behaviour was exceptional and now we are looking forward to hosting the next match against the Arsenal Community Trust which will be played in May at Trinity’s Ground.