The tournament itself attracted a diverse selection of teams ranging from the Cyprus Joint Force Police Unit to the Grenadier Guards. Numerous other teams also entered from the AMS, RA, RLC, Royal Signals and we couldn’t forget our civilian guests from Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems. The young players from Leonardo certainly made an impression on everyone and when they scored for the first time not only did the crowd applaud but the teams playing on the other two pitches came to a standstill to clap.
Unfortunately a few teams had to pull out the last minute due to unit commitments but this didn’t deter the teams from producing some outstanding football, unconventional football and more importantly football played in the right spirit. Over an hard fought couple of days over 60 games of football were played and after each game the opposing teams left the field of battle together with smiles on their faces which is a great advertisement for the game . The standard of football on show was excellent and the manner in which teams acquitted themselves throughout was commendable. What was most refreshing was witnessing the passion for the game, even by those clearly new to the sport. Throughout the two days of competition you could sense that all those participating appreciated the opportunity they had been given to not just play but to also prove that these tournaments can be successful and are required. Everyone certainly annotated that they were already looking forward to the next competition, so bring on the Army Women’s sixes in May.
Finally I must thank the officials from both the Army and RAF for their professionalism and for the way they encouraged every team.
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Maj JM Normanton