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Last Updated: Monday, 28 May 2007, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
PF Unity dominate in Nottingham

Unity 3 congratulate tournament winners Unity 1
Unity dominated the competition with their free-flowing football

Positive Futures Unity stole the show at Your Game Nottingham thanks to a keenly contested final between two of the project's three teams.

PF Unity 1 booked their place in the national final thanks to a 1-0 victory against PF Unity 3 courtesy of a late strike from Aswad Allen.

Both teams had scored freely in the group stages, but the final turned into a battle of the keepers as Unity 3's Rhys Keep and Unity 1's Adonai Scarlet produced a string of outstanding saves until Allen's crisp finish.

Incredibly, it was the only goal the aptly named Rhys Keep had conceded in the entire day and the goalkeeper was rewarded with Radio Five Live Most Valuable Player award.

Also on their way to the final are Young People United, a team representing the Leicester Race Equality Forum who won the Fair Play Award.

David Johnson in action for Nottingham Forest
Football has forgotten about the inner city, we have to get people off the street and playing the game they love

Former Forest striker David Johnson

England star Sue Smith dropped in to the Southglade Leisure Centre in Bestwood to play in an exhibition match against ladies' champions Saffron Young People's Project.

"It's a fantastic project to get kids off the streets and giving them the opportunity to play football," said the Leeds striker.

"It's something I really wanted to be involved with. A lot of these players haven't had the best upbringing or had the opportunities I had when I was younger.

"So to see them enjoying themselves is just fantastic - and some of them are seriously talented players."

Also cheering from the sidelines was the former Nottingham Forest striker David Johnson, who dropped by to offer his support.

"It's such a great idea, something like this would never happen without sponsorship or backing," said Johnson.

"A lot of these players would never have the chance to use the facilities here, it's top draw - this is what football is all about.

"Football has forgotten about the inner city, we have to get people off the street and playing the game they love."

As well as the football there was music from 1Xtra DJs L Double and Jason Mitchell and a graffiti masterclass from local artists Ongabonga and Oxygen Thievez.

Radio Five Live commentator Darren Fletcher was on hand to uncover a few potential new stars.

And he awarded the Five Live Best Commentator award to Ryan Beaumont, while Adam Brown took home a DAB radio after winning the 1Xtra Best DJ award.

And Top Man's Liam Herne won the Hardest Kick competition after hammering an incredible shot of 79mph.

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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