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Last Updated: Monday, 30 April 2007, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Your Game 2007 kicks off in Yorkshire

The Archway Rangers celebrate their victory with Danny Mills
Danny Mills presents the winners' trophy to Archway Rangers

England international Danny Mills was among the gathered guests at the Your Game festival in West Yorkshire on Sunday, the first event of this year's tournament.

More than 250 16 to 25-year-olds from all over Yorkshire took part in the first of the summer's 10 festivals at the Batley Sports and Tennis Centre near Leeds.

The tournament featured teams from projects which help young people from deprived backgrounds, many of them dealing with issues such as drug abuse, homelessness and racism.

And despite the fact that many of the teams had never played together in a five-a-side team before, the standard of football was incredibly high.

The action ran smoothly thanks to the organisational skills of Street League, while the referees ensured the tackles were fair.

The men's competition was won by Prince's Trust Bradford, a project aimed at helping unemployed young people in the area into education and employment.

And the women's competition was won by Archway Rangers, representing the Archway project which offers housing support for young people in Leeds.

Were you part of the Leeds/Braford Your Game festival? We want to hear about your experiences of the day, good and bad - email yourgame@bbc.co.uk

Both teams go through to play teams from all over the country in the Your Game national final in July, where they will be joined by the Super Eagles and the Batley Wildcats, who qualified by winning the men's and women's Fair Play trophy.

"It gives local youngsters the chance to experience the benefits of organised sport," said Leeds United star Mills.

"Your Game is also a good thing because it provides those involved with training opportunities which can improve their personal situations."

The day exceeded the expectations of Gary Stott of St George's Crypt Homeless Centre in Leeds.

"This has been brilliant - I've never had such a good turn out from the lads I work with," he said.

James Williams gives a fencing demonstration
James Williams's fencing skills were in high demand

"Fourteen said they'd make it and 12 of them are here. They've all really enjoyed the day and we plan to try and make the football team a permanent part of what we do."

But Your Game is not just about the football - there are opportunities to get involved in DJing, commentating as well as learning about how to become a football coach or referee through FA courses.

The best DJ award went to Joanne Robinson from the Scarborough Foundation Housing project, who impressed 1Xtra DJ and emcee L Double with her skills behind the decks.

And Matthew Dutton of Bradford won the Radio Five Live best commentator award judged by commentators Conor McNamara and Sohail Sahi.

The teams and invited guests were also entertained by local acts Nine Lives Crew, Double D Dagger & D Bizzy, Kockeek and Bianca Gerald, who all dropped in for live performances.

Graffiti artist SUCH adds the finishing touches to the Your Game graffiti wall
SUCH gets to work on the Your Game graffiti mural

Meanwhile graffiti artists Rocket and SUCH created a breathtaking Your Game mural while Sporting Champions Jo Rogers (boxing) and James Williams (fencing) offered those brave enough the chance to try out their sports.

All the action and activities were captured on film by the Youth TV students from the National Media Museum in Bradford, which you can see on the Your Game website very soon.

And finally the day would not have been possible had it not been for the staff at Batley Sports and Tennis Centre, who were awarded the 'Your Game MVP' award for their sterling work.

On 6 May Your Game rolls on to Manchester for the second round of events - check the website for regular updates.

We want to hear about your Your Game experiences, use your own personal web pages or email yourgame@bbc.co.uk and let us know.

Your Game is a partnership between the BBC and the Football Foundation, with support from Barclays Spaces for Sports.

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