First ever junior tournament takes place at PPG Canalside
The first ever PPG Cup junior football tournament was a great success on Saturday and Sunday, with over 800 local youngsters taking to Town’s training pitches in the glorious sunshine!
Budding young footballers from across the region followed in the footsteps of James Vaughan, Adam Clayton and Adam Hammill by playing at the Club’s official training ground across the two days, with a massive 107 teams taking part over the weekend.
Nine teams became the inaugural winners in the competitive six-a-side tournaments in every age group from Under-9s to Under-14s, with Under-7 and 8 age groups taking part in a friendly tournament too.
A gallery of pictures from the two days is above – click on each image to scroll!
The tournament was supported by Birstall-based PPG Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland, manufacturer of leading trade paint brands Johnstone’s Trade and Leyland Trade.
After round robin tournaments and semi-finals, the following 18 teams played out the finals to become the first ever PPG Cup winners in their age categories:
U9 – Great Harwood Rovers (Blackburn) 2-0 Westend Lions
U10 – Deighton A 1-0 Westend Tigers
U11 – Cumberworth A 2-1 Westend Lions
U9 – Kirkheaton 3-1 Hepworth A
U10 – Battyeford 3-1 Brighouse A
U11 – Hepworth B 1-0 Honley B
U12 – Lepton 1-0 Rastrick
U13 – Dewsbury Rangers A 2-0 Dewsbury Rangers B
U14 – Norristhorpe A 4-1 Howden Clough A
As well as the action on the pitch, there were also face painters on site for the younger spectators; the ever-popular ‘Terry the Terrier’ made an appearance, refreshments were available and Town's 'Football in the Community' department brought it’s speed gun to test attendees’ power!
PPG also brought the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to PPG Canalside, giving attendees the opportunity to pose for a picture alongside the prestigious trophy, as well as it’s ‘Paint Pot Challenge’, which is designed to test footballing skills by inviting participants to kick a football into a giant inflatable Johnstone’s paint pot!
All players taking part in the tournaments received a medal for taking part.
The feedback from people involved with participating junior clubs has been terrific:
Katrina Asquith of Clifton Rangers U10s
“I would like to say how much we enjoyed the tournament; it was well organised and it was a privilege to play at Huddersfield Town’s training ground. We hope we can come back next year.”
Ricky Thwaites of Westend Juniors
“Please pass on my thanks to everyone who made the tournament such a success this weekend.”
Glenn Lamont of Battyeford U10s
“Really enjoyed the tournament – it was great. Congratulations to the Canalside team for putting on a fantastic tournament and a memorable day for all involved.”
Rob Jepson of Kirkheaton Juniors
“Brilliant morning at the #PPGCup at @htafccanalside. Very well organised tournament – some great football played on first class pitches #UTT”
Liam Ford of Norristhorpe Juniors
“Had a great day today – my club happened to win the U14 team cup – thanks guys!”
“Fantastic weekend. Huge thank you to @htafccanalside and @htafcdotcom”
PPG Canalside’s Operations Manager Stuart Leach commented:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every player and team that made the first ever PPG Cup such a massive success this weekend; we hope to see you back again for an even bigger and better tournament next year!
“I would also like to thank PPG for its continued support of Canalside, and in particular this tournament; they added some very special touches to the event for players and attendees alike.”
Thanks to all teams for taking part!