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Philip Stanley27 May - 14:27
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Atletico take home 'Fair Play' trophy in a happy and positive display

(Many thanks to Kate Patching (Jack Blackler's mum) for the tournament write up)

Linslade Galaxy U8 Atletico were invited to Cranfield Colts FC Festival of Football tournament. This was a 6 a side tournament in a group format where you played everyone in your group once and each player received a medal at the end.

Linslade Galaxy Atletico had an amazing tournament at Cranfield Colts. Cranfield put on a great day for both players and spectators. The day was very well organised from parking, food and drink to the seamless transitions between all the matches. Although there were lots of teams playing it all ran smoothly, so clearly a lot of hard work and planning had gone into this beforehand.

Atletico showed a few nerves to begin with, but the team soon adapted and settled into the quick short games and were soon on top form. Some great goals scored by Ben, Maya and Jack. As always some top saves by goalkeeper Jamie keeping us on top for a few games. Ben and Harry taking on the goalkeeper position without fuss whilst not their normal positions so Jamie could play out on the field, just another example of amazing team work shown by every player in the team.

Each and everyone that participated yesterday were incredible. They played with purpose, passion, desire and determination.

For some it was their first tournament and this will certainly get them ready for our tournament in June.

The time and effort the coaches Rupesh, Kevin and Steve have put into the team is really showing in the games from communication, playing the ball into space and starting to have an awareness of where each player needs to be. It's an amazing achievement to bring the kids to where they are today and very exciting to see where they may go.

The way each and every member of the team works together, shows passion and respect for the game, have the best happy positive attitudes is definitely Atletico's superpower and was very deservedly rewarded by winning the 'fair play award' trophy.

It was a brilliant day, well done Atletico!

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