Friday, 9 April 2010


A total of 26 young people have battled it out in the sunshine to be crowned Sport 4 NRG Football World Cup champions.

The event took place at Margate five-a-side pitches on Tuesday (6 April), copying the same format as the official World Cup football tournament.

There were four mixed age/gender teams who represented the national football teams of Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and France.

The teams played small sided matches against each other, as well as a penalty shoot-out. They also took part in a cross bar challenge, where they had to kick the ball from the half-way line and hopefully hit the cross-bar. The overall winners were Mexico.

Run by Thanet District Council, Sport 4 NRG aims to provide sporting opportunities for young people in Thanet to keep them occupied throughout the year. Over holiday periods, the team aims to put on more activities, such as the NRG Football World Cup to give them something to look forward to during their break.

Aaron Beech, from Sport 4 NRG, said: ''The main aim of these holiday sessions are to provide young people with a chance to participate in sporting activities to prevent boredom. With it being the football World Cup in just two months time, we thought why not stage our own World Cup tournament? It was a great day and the feedback we received from the players was very positive. I have to say a massive well done to all the players that attended and also congratulations to the overall winners Mexico, although hopefully it won't turn out like that in the official World Cup this summer.''

The Sport 4 NRG team is running different activities throughout the Easter holidays, including Easter Blast, where they will have their infamous inflatable football pitch, as well as other activities such as volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and Street Dance.

To find out more about Sport 4 NRG and their Easter activities call 01843 577032 or 07770 828582.

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