Primary Schools Football Festival

Celebrating 40 years of the Jersey Primary Football Festival

PwC is delighted to come on board once again this year and support the 40th Jersey Primary Football Festival next month. Scheduled to take place from Sunday 13 to Friday 18 April, the festival is the longest running of its kind in the British Isles. This year, teams with parents and coaches will be travelling from across the UK to take part in football matches and team-building activities during the Easter school holidays.

The festival has long been regarded as the pinnacle of under 11 football and has an important role to play in developing the aspirations of the Island’s young players. It’s a great achievement for those local children selected to represent Jersey and follows the culmination of practice and hard work during the inter-school league programme.

Over 300 children, parents and coaches alike will gather at FB Fields to kick off the festival on the Sunday morning and this year’s crop of Jersey’s rising stars have been training very hard as they prepare for action against some of the highly talented teams visiting from Barking & Dagenham, Gloucester, Hackney, Newbury, Orpington, Plymouth, Potters Bar, St Albans, South Birmingham, Thurrock & Tower Hamlets.

Graeme Le Saux participated in the tournament as a schoolchild and is a keen supporter of the event. He said: "The Jersey Primary Football Festival was a vital part of my football development. It gave me the chance to compete against schools from all over the UK and made me realise how high the standard was, a level that I aspired to reach.”

Mark James, Partner at PwC CI commented: “We see the festival as a great example of the quality of work done in youth sport on the island and it’s great for Jersey’s reputation as a tourism and sporting destination, as well as for the children participating. We’re also keen to work alongside JFA CEO, Neville Davidson, and Pat to help promote the UK FA’s Respect campaign, now in its sixth year, as part of the festival.  We’re proud to play a small part helping to embed the right behaviours and attitudes in the young football stars of the future, whilst highlighting some of the excellent work being done in junior football here in Jersey.”

Festival organiser, Pat Cullinane, added: “We are immensely grateful for the support from PwC and indeed the Jersey FA. The event is more than just a football festival for the children attending. Each year they also go on outings and activities in the afternoons. This builds their confidence and gives them opportunities to make new connections and friendships with other teams that last long after they return home. We are also grateful to the Hotel Metropole, who arrange for our visiting party to have sole occupancy for the duration of the festival.”

Two officers from the English Schools Football Association will be calling in on the festival during the week. Another two associations, which are unable to attend this year, will be represented by officials wanting nevertheless to share in the celebration of this landmark occasion, which will be brought to its official end at an awards dinner on the final evening.

The public are encouraged to support the festival which will run at FB Fields between 9am and 1pm each day between Sunday 13 and Friday 18 April 2014. Refreshments will be available from 9am and there’s a daily kick off with four games at 10.15am and four games at 11.15am. For further information, please email Patrick Cullinane at pcullinane@gmail.com.