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AFC Kirk Hallam Summer Tournament - THIS SATURDAY

By Dave Morley

Just two days to go

After a season of great success with the two junior teams at the club, AFC Kirk Hallam are about to host their first ever junior football tournament.

After a few hiccups on the way, we have 31 confirmed teams in attendance on the day, spread over three age groups and playing on six specially prepared pitches. We expect around 400 players, 60 coaches, 500 spectators, 7 referees, some scouts from local professional clubs, a brave team of first time volunteers who will be a massive help in keeping things running throughout the day, and the AFC Kirk Hallam u12's dog, who will be more than happy to have some fuss throughout the day.

We have already learnt a lesson in that, by this time of the year, the upcoming age groups should be used and not the previous season, like we have done. We are using 2017-18 ages, and this has caused some confusion. We have under 9's from 13:30, playing 7v7. In the morning we have under 10's playing 7v7 and under 11's playing 9v9. Next time, we will have a think about the age groups and keep them appropriate to the nearest season to the tournament.

The Stanton Institute (The Stute), which is the home of Ilkeston Rugby club and AFC Kirk Hallam's senior teams are our hosts for the day. They have huge experience in hosting rugby festivals and other events, such as wedding receptions, end of season parties, the Ilkeston food fair, beer festivals and the recent Ben's Den charity local legends 5-a-side football tournament. We have unashamedly stolen ideas from many of these events along with other football tournaments in the area in the hope that we can give all of our visitors a great day of junior tournament football.

The Stute are running a BBQ offering breakfast food early on and burgers later in the day. This is as well as the clubhouse being open for business throughout the day. The main changing rooms will be open, giving us toilet and first aid facilities next to the pitches, as well as the same being available at the main clubhouse, where there is also a defibrillator in case of emergencies.

Eurosoccer will be in attendance with a sales stand, offering some fantastic deals on equipment, kit, clothing and balls (from just £4). Take the chance to talk to their team of experts and kit your team or club out for the new season. The sales stand is CASH ONLY, so please do remember to bring your pennies. Plus, please enter their giveaway competition.

To view their fantastic range, follow the attached link

Also in attendance, we have an ice cream van, bouncy castle, penalty shootout and speed shooting.

Phoenix Sporting Goods have very kindly loaned us four pairs of inflatable goals for the tournament. These goals can be set up in just 90 seconds and are very strong and rigid and have more bounce back from the ball hitting them than regular plastic goals.
For more information and to see videos of these goals being set up and in action, follow the link

Parking for the day will be at the Belfield Furnishings site, 50 yards down the road. Parking costs £3, but includes a programme for the day's events. Additional programmes can be bought at the entrance and cost £2. Spectator admission fees are £1 on the door.


Registration times are as follows

U10’s and u11’s registrations are at 9:00 (first ko’s are at 9:30, u10’s expected finish is at 13:00, u11’s are due to finish at 14:00)
U9’s registrations are at 13:00 (first ko’s are at 13:30 and the tournament is expected to finish at 17:00)

Player registration forms must be submitted at the control tent at the above times.

A manager’s briefing will be held at the control tent 15 minutes before the first matches kick off


The welfare officer for the day will be myself. Please report any welfare issues to the control tent, where I will be summoned. Please be prepared and think about

WHAT happened
WHO it happened to
WHEN it happened
WHERE it happened

Your first aiders for the day are: Dave Morley, Darryl Peck, Andrew Ford, Peter Flewitt and Sarah Brindley.

Any first aid issues, please report to the control tent. NOTE - There is an AED (defibrillator) in the main clubhouse, should the need arise. The emergency procedure will be explained during manager briefings before the games.

There will also be an official photographer on site taking player profile, team photographs and action photographs throughout the day. Please go and visit him for some fantastic shots of your child in action.

The tournament will feature LIVE ONLINE RESULTS AND TABLES. Head to the control tent to see an electronic scoreboard system on 40” TV, or simply visit the link provided on the day on your smartphone, or computer


Updated 20:06 - 6 Aug 2018 by Dave Morley

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