Sunshine and showers marked this year’s Fairtrade football tournament for Matlock and Wirksworth junior schools on Wednesday, June 15, at Cavendish Fields.
Seven teams from five different schools battled it out all afternoon until St Giles managed to sneak two goals past the St Joseph’s A team’s keeper in the final to win this year’s tournament and retain the trophy.
Mayor Barry Hopkinson was in attendance and enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining afternoon’s football.
Tensions ran high as the two semi-finals both went to penalties, with All Saints and Castle View A team narrowly missing out on places in the final in the most cruel of fashions.
All matches were played in a spirit befitting such a tournament but Wirksworth were overjoyed to be awarded the Fair Play award.
Organiser Laura Stevens, of Matlock Fairtrade Group, praised the team for their determination and the positive spirit in which the young team played.
This year’s referees were Sam Hodgson, Matt Wilkinson, Jordan Bullen, James Heading, Ryan Gapowski and Alex Harmer, who all did an excellent job.
This year’s tournament was funded by the Ernest Bailey Charity.
The annual event is organised by Matlock Fairtrade Group to highlight the fact that Fairtrade is more than tea and coffee.
The teams played with high quality Fairtrade footballs and each team and each of the referees from Highfields School sixth form was given a ball to take home.