Friday, 19 October 2018

Young footballers pay tribute to former England boss

TWO football clubs in Henley celebrated the life of a former England manager.

TWO football clubs in Henley celebrated the life of a former England manager.

The Henley Football Partnership, which comprises Henley YMCA and AFC Henley, held a football festival on Saturday as part of the Football Association’s Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day.

Players of all ages and some with learning disabilities took part in tournaments at the YMCA ground.

Trevor Howell, vice-chairman of AFC Henley, said: “It was a celebration of grassroots football and an opportunity for people to have a bit of fun and play some competitive sport.

“The parents liked it because the children don’t normally play competitively until they are about eight. I think we honoured the spirit of Sir Bobby.”

Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak, an Aston Villa fan, presented trophies and medals to the children.

He said: “It was terrific seeing the young boys and girls playing and I know the parents enjoyed watching. It was a wonderful, family friendly event and it was great to commemorate the service Sir Bobby gave to the sport.”

Karis Taylor, nine, who was playing football for the first time, said: “It was really fun and I might join one of the clubs.”

The partnership raised more than £100 from a raffle on the day.

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