Dorset FA Mini-Soccer Festival a Sunny Weekend of Football

On Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 2017 Dorset FA hosted their annual Mini-Soccer Festival. 62 teams from across the county and beyond came together for the event offering Under 7, 8, 9 & 10 and Girls Under 8 & 10 football.

Saturday 1st July was hosted at The Blandford School with the Under 7, 8, 9 & 10 mixed teams playing it out on the grass pitches. Bournemouth University were in attendance with their inflatable 3 v 3 pitch and speed cage giving out prizes which proved very popular, so thanks to the student volunteers for coming along. A round robin format saw teams playing a number of pool matches with some fantastic football played in all age groups. DE Photo were also along for the day taking photographs as mementos from the festival. The final results were as follows:

Under 7 – Wimborne & Holt 5  v  Broadstone 0

Under 8 – Poole Town Wessex 2  v  Pen Mill Dragons 0

Under 9 – Bridport 2  v  Christchurch 1

Under 10 – Bradford Abbas Panthers 2  v  Bournemouth Poppies 1

Sunday 2nd July was the turn of the girls Under 8 & 10 teams at The County Ground, Hamworthy. 15 teams competed in the two age groups on the 3G pitch in the hot sunshine. For some girls this was their first experience of playing in games, including four teams competing from the Wildcats programme which was great to see. After competitive pool games the finals were played out with the results as follows:

Under 8 – AFC Portchester 3  v  Redlands Bandits 1

Under 10 – Corfe Mullen United Juniors 4  v  Blandford Wildcats 1

Thanks to all the volunteers who came along over the weekend to make the festival such a success! And thanks to the clubs who supported the event by sending along teams:

AFC Portchester

Blandford United Youth

Bournemouth Poppies

Bradford Abbas

Bridport Youth

Broadstone

Christchurch Youth

Corfe Mullen United Youth

Dexter Sports

Jurassic Coast Girls

Lilliput

Longfleet Youth

Maiden Newton

Merley Cobham

Moordown

Pen Mill

Poole Town Youth

Poole Town Wessex

Redlands

Ringwood Town Youth

Rossgarth

Shaftesbury Rockies

Sherborne Town Youth

Verwood Girls

Wareham Rangers

West Moors Youth

Weymouth FC Youth

Whiteley Wanderers

Wimborne & Holt

Wool and Winfrith

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