Gloucester City’s Meadow Park is the stage and it is set for the Gloucestershire Community Champions League final day this weekend.
Earlier this year organiser Mo Patel, of MY:UK, joined us on Buttee’s For Breakfast to talk about the tournament as it was about to kick off and now we reach the climax of the U11s tournament.
Ahead of the finals day we spoke to Mo about the day and naturally, he is excited for the Saturday.
“Tournament football is back!” Patel said. “It doesn’t get bigger than finals day at Meadow Park too. I’m looking forward to welcoming the teams out to the fantastic new stadium at Meadow Park and I know many of our young players will be gleaming and excited to play tomorrow. It will be a great occasion.”
With qualifying rounds taking place all over the last couple of months all eyes have still remained on Meadow Park for the Semi Finals of the two sessions throughout the day and Mo told Severn Sport he was delighted with how well the tournament was received in the build up to Saturday.
“We’ve had 16 teams participating, with each team having three qualifying rounds leading up to the finals day. All of the matches have been well received and the buzz for the tournament has grown week on week.
It’s fantastic to see parents offering to support on the day as well as all contributing to what will hopefully be an exciting community event, which as I said is fantastic to see!” Said Patel.
The Gloucestershire Community Champions League finals day will be open to spectators at Meadow Park, so with gates opening at 10:45 there is plenty of chance to go down and support community youth sides on a big day for the players and coaches a-like.
Patel ha encouraged as many people as possible to come and show their support to help reward the young players after such a testing year.
“We are being mindful of Covid restrictions but have invited all of the clubs to bring their families along to the event and haven’t necessarily advertised it to the general public as much. But I am sure with the numbers we have attending the T-End will be rocking and will generate an atmosphere for the players,” said Patel.
With us currently being the night before the big day at the time of writing, Patel has praised the players and hopes tomorrow rewards them all for such a tough 12 months.
“Many of the young players will most likely go to sleep tonight dreaming about scoring the winning goal tomorrow and they will pester their parents to get up early in the morning!!
That is what it is all about, it’s been a tough year or so and as we near leaving those restrictions the young lads need this recognition and reward. Football and all that it brings with it gives them that, so hopefully tomorrow is no different,” added Patel.