PwC was delighted to come on board once again this year and support the 40th Jersey Primary Football Festival next month. This year the Festival ran from Sunday 13 to Friday 18 April and remains the longest running of its kind in the British Isles. Teams with parents and coaches travelled 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 gathered at FB Fields to kick off the festival on the Sunday morning, 13 April and this year’s crop of Jersey’s rising stars claimed victory after an action packed week playing against some of the highly talented teams 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 also enjoyed working 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 arranged for our visiting party to have sole occupancy for the duration of the festival.”
In celebration of this landmark 40th anniversary, the week was brought to its official end at an awards dinner on the evening of Friday 18 April. The perfect way to end a highly successful and enjoyable week.