On Wednesday 13TH July, after a two-year gap, Blackpool FC Community Trust held their annual Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy Tournament at Stanley Park.
The tournament is about using the power of football to bring people together and celebrate the career and life of one of Blackpool’s biggest icons and football legends, Sir Jimmy Armfield. Schools were invited to bring Year 3 and 4 pupils to compete in the tournament with the same qualities Jimmy applied within his own career, which was to have fun, learn how to win and lose well, and do the best you can do.
The event held by Blackpool FC Community Trust was attended by approx.100 pupils from 12 primary schools who played out an amazing morning of football, competing in over 25 small-sided matches. There were some brilliant individual and team performances on the day, and the final was contested in great spirit by pupils from Stanley and St Nicholas primary schools. All pupils from both schools played with a fantastic attitude and applied themselves well in the true spirit of the game.
Well done to St Nicholas on becoming the worthy winners, winning 2-0.
Primary PE Manager Simon Smith from the Community Trust said,
“It was an absolute pleasure to hold this tournament again after a 2-year break because of Covid. All teams played with great spirit and attitude, something I am sure Jimmy would have been extremely proud of. We were blessed with glorious weather, and it was a fantastic end to several events we have held throughout the year. Well done to St Nick’s on winning the trophy.”
Laura Marquis-Osbourne, Year 3 teacher, Roseacre Primary
“The Jimmy Armfield Tournament was a great opportunity for our children to play competitive football. The children had a fantastic morning and the parents thoroughly enjoyed it too! It was great to see so many schools involved, and the event was so well organised and the whole morning ran smoothly. Thanks to everyone involved, it was a great success!”