Slideshow: Beach footy fun

Over 1000 young footballers descended on Great Yarmouth to take part in Soccer on the Sands 2009 recently.It's the annual beach football event run by Norfolk County FA and this year delivered in partnership with Active Norfolk.

Over 1000 young footballers descended on Great Yarmouth to take part in Soccer on the Sands 2009 recently.

It's the annual beach football event run by Norfolk County FA and this year delivered in partnership with Active Norfolk.

It was the sixth occasion that Soccer on the Sands has taken over a strip of Yarmouth's Central Beach, with teams flocking from Norfolk and North Suffolk to take part on the golden sands and enjoy the glorious sunshine.

Shaun Howes, Norfolk FA's Small-Sided Football Development Officer, said that this year's tournament had been the best yet.


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“We're absolutely delighted. Lots of hard work has gone in as we've built towards the weekend. We've enjoyed great support from out partners at Active Norfolk and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

“The support from Archant and 4trophies, our official trophy supplier, has also been very much appreciated.

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“When you see the end product it is made all worthwhile. These youngsters have been playing on grass all season and the opportunity to come and enjoy playing on the sand is something a little different for them and they certainly seem to love it! “

Modelled on the Champions League, the tournament saw each competing team adopt a professional club for the day.

Teams ranged from the English contingent of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea right through to Barcelona, Juventus, Werder Bremen and Panathanikos, with games taking place at venues such as Celtic Park, the San Siro and the Allianz Arena!

Girls' Roll of honour

U12 Girls

Champions Real Madrid (Shrublands Gems)

Runners-up Chelsea (Dereham Wanderers)

U13 Girls

Champions Celtic (Bohemians YFC B)

Runners-up Lyon (Caister)

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