Photo slideshow: Fairtrade kids are on the ball

Young footballers battled the elements and their opponents as the area’s seventh annual Fairtrade Football Tournament kicked off at Cavendish Fields on Friday.

Despite the wild and windy conditions players from eight teams representing six local schools took part.

Matlock schools football, Tansley v St Joseph's A

Matlock schools football, Tansley v St Joseph's A

Organiser of the event, Laura Stevens from Matlock Fairtrade Group told the children about how footballs are made and the importance of using Fairtrade balls.

Each school was given a ball after the tournament, as were the referees who are Sports Leaders in Year 10 from Highfields School, most of whom had themselves played in the tournament when they were at primary school.

Tansley were eventually crowned as the winning team. The referees awarding the Fair Play honour to Castle View who not only deserved the accolade, but also played very well in the semi-final.