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Your Game 2009 hits Hull

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Each Your Game festival features awards, not just for the winning teams, but also for those that played the game and enjoyed the day in the right way.

And it isn't just MC L-Double, 1Xtra's Ace and freestyler Oli Hayes handing out the t-shirts and hoodies who recognised the spirit of fairplay in Hull.

"There's been really good sportmanship all the way through. The spirit's been great. I haven't played any of these teams before but its been really good fun," said Roscoe Irvine who was playing for Pathway, a team bringing together young caregivers from East Riding.

"I had a go at basketball and boxing. It's been brilliant."


And the standard of play on the astro pitches impressed Jordan Johnston of the Hattrick Heros.

"The quality of the teams here is really high. Our team is made up of guys who coach football in schools and we've all been impressed," he said.

Jordan Johnston
Jonathan Jordan gets involved in the festival zone

After opening with three straight wins Hattrick Heros fell just short of the final with a late goalbound strike just failing to beat the game-ending klaxon.

But by lunchtime team-mate Paul Fradgley was already hoovering up the final stamp on his loyalty card by designing posters in the BBC Blast trailer in the festival zone.

"We've been round doing the boxing, watching the freestyling and all that. I reckon I stand a good chance of winning the tickets."

In the end someone else won their way to Dean Windass's testimonial, but the chance to meet local and national funders, learn about courses and qualifications, hone basketball skills, chill out in the Headroom tent and bash his team-mates in Hull FC's padded suits hopefully made up for it.

Josh O'Neill of Catch-22, a team from young people in supported housing in Lincoln, admitted he was surprised by the amount of activities going on beyond the football.

"It's pretty good, much better than I expected," he said.

"I've had a crack at Rockstar on the BBC Blast trailer and the music at lunch was awesome. I would definitely come again."

Batley Wildcats are one of the teams that have become repeat visitors since making their debut at the 2006 event in Leeds.

Saimah Laher and Subhana Chaudhry
Saimah Laher and Subhana Chaudhry sporting the Batley Wildcats colours

"We've won two and lost two, so the results have been mixed but we have really enjoyed it," said Saimah Laher.

"It's been brilliant, we even got some free ice creams!"

The Wildcats are coached by Hawa Badat, whose sister Sumaiyah starred in goal for this year's side.

"BBC Your Game has been really great for the team. It started out with just a few Muslim girls who wanted to play some sport, but now the girls play matches almost every week," she said.

"We managed to get the kit we are wearing today through funding the Your Game team helped us find. I knew the girls all love red so they were really happy with it.

"The tournaments have generated lots of interest and we have been able to get the girls taking part today through Junior Football Organisers and Community Sports Leaders qualifications.

Sykes
Sykes provided the lunchtime entertainment

"I used to play for the team and we are trying to get some of the girls to step up to being coaches so that we can involve everyone who gets in touch and wants to play.

The day came to an end with two entertaining and keenly-contested finals.

An impressive VIP Ladies side opened with a solo goal from Jade Collier inside 15 seconds, but had to hold off a determined comeback from Fairplay Sleaford to secure a 6-3 win.

The men's final was a lower-scoring affair with only a single close-range finish separating winners REMA from Youth Dynamix II.

All in all 43 teams attended from all across Yorkshire and the North-East.


Men's Winners: REMA

Men's Runners Up: Youth Dynamix II

Men's Fairplay: Easy Access

Women's Winners: VIP Ladies

Women's Runners Up: Fairplay Sleaford

Women's Fairplay: Round the Block



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