2016 Annual Presentation Tournament & Awards Event

Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June ABJFC hosted our annual awards. 2016 saw a change in style for our awards from a formal sit down event to a full club tournament event. Based on feedback from our players and advise from Lancashire FA’s Welfare officer Neil Yates we decided to give the tournament format a try and what a massive success it was …….

Comments from parents and players alike showing what a great event it turned out to be can be seen in our twitter feed. The weather was perfect and both days saw more than 400 club members enjoying themselves whether taking part in games, watching matches, throwing wet sponges at their coaches, watching Infinity Dance School exhibiting some of their new routines, having fun on the giant bouncy castle, winning on the penalty shoot-out game, enjoying Ice Creams from Robinsons or just relaxing. Thanks to everyone who helped organise the day and to Stefan Willoughby for doing the club official photos.

Under 12 Blue Team go into Europe ….

After two years of hard work for the players raising more than £7000 the Under 12 Blue Team headed off to the continent over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 14 players and their dads boarded a AVA Travel luxury coach in Leyland at midnight on Thursday 26th May for a 16 hour coach and ferry journey that took them deep into Europe, the destination being Duinrell Holland.

During the four day trip the U12’s player two Dutch teams at their home venues and what fantastic venues they were. VV KatwijK where the first team to host our U12’s where we played a fabulous game resulting in an unfortunate 0-3 loss despite our U12’s hitting the crossbar three times and the post once. Nevertheless the U12’s thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved the experience. Our hosts where fantastic and treated us all like internationals.

The second match hosted by VV Rockanje was  played on the Sunday in glorious weather at another top facility was the icing on the cake for the players, a toughly fought game saw our Captain for the Match score a fantastic free kick to open our European account and resulted in the boys finishing with a stomping 3-6 victory. Even better was the fact that all six goals were scored by separate players meaning just short of half the squad have European goals to their names, what a memory for the boys.

After each game the players and Dad’s made the most of the base camp venue at Duinrell which included a theme park and a water park.