The final weekend roundup

Pitchero ACES Nationals was drawn to a close this weekend by the U15 and U16 boys’ category and there was no shortage of talent!

 

On Saturday, 1st July the U15’s took to the pitches of Nottingham University to play for the National title. As the team’s arrived, we managed to get some of them together before the opening ceremony for a photo. Everyone was in high spirits and couldn’t wait to get the opening ceremony and group stage draws underway.

Rezz Ra was on top form once again with a solid performance during the opening ceremony, making sure everyone was motivated for the tournament.

Co-Founder, Andy drew the first set of matches and the group stages got underway. There were plenty of goals throughout the matches and incredible talent on show.

 

The sun came about in the afternoon and the atmosphere was brilliant from all the teams. We saw passion, commitment and determination. We saw some brilliant team talks, one team really going lengths to get some good footage (we’ll have to try it ourselves next time).

With the incredible talent being displayed throughout the day, it definitely brought with it some important figures. Scouts from Leicester City and Everton were present trying to find the future football stars. Bill Wall, was just one of the scouts at the event from Leicester.

With tough competition all round and one semi-final derby between Leicester and South Leicester, the final match was played between Studley Juniors FC from South Birmingham and Sielby Juniors FC from Leicester. After an intense 20 minutes of football with no goals scored, the intensity went up a gear as the game went to penalties.

The game ended with a victory for Studley, winning 6-5 on penalties. A great match to watch with fantastic sportsmanship showed from both teams. Well done boys!

Sunday 2nd July, saw the last day of Pitchero ACES Nationals 2017. There were 40 U16 boys’ teams ready to battle it out for the final ACES title of the year.

There were again, a few scouts from the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City present hoping to spot some future football stars. As well as this, Millwall’s current first team manager, Neil Harris was at ACES with an Essex team giving some of his expertise to the boys.

There’s been some fantastic support from families throughout the weeks at Pitchero ACES Nationals and it was no different during the U16 matches on Sunday.

The Pitchero team were present getting photos, videos and interviews with everyone. For many, it was their first experience of ACES and they were very happy to be a part of the day.

After an intense and exciting afternoon of football, the finals came down to Mags Titans FC from Liverpool, against Oxford side, Harwell and Hendred. This was the first time an Oxford side had made it into the final in Pitchero ACES Nationals history.

After a great 20 minutes of football, Mags Titans FC beat Harlwell and Hendred 2-0. A fantastic day of football and a brilliant final. Well done to both teams!

Don’t miss our Pitchero ACES Nationals highlights video of all three weekends coming soon!