Yorkshire’s footballing scene showed great promise when six teams from across the region battled it out to be crowned winner of the Game On Football 5ives Regional Tournament, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

The competition brought together teams from across the county, giving those who take part in Game On’s ‘Turn Up and Play’ programme the opportunity to represent their weekly sessions and mix with other young people from similar backgrounds.

Held under the floodlights at Kendray Football 5ives Community Centre, the final took place between first and second place and saw Denaby remain unbeaten throughout the tournament, beating Kendray 3-1 in the decider to take home the silverware.

The regional tournament forms part of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Game On initiative, which returned earlier this year following a two-year absence. The programme works with young people from across coalfield towns and villages, providing them with free access to physical activity and teaches important leadership and teamwork skills, whilst also helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Kat Clarke, Development Manager for Game On (England), comments: “Everyone who took part in the competition has a lot to be proud of as each team put in an excellent performance, showing the quality of footballing talent here in Yorkshire.

“Since returning, the Game On ‘Turn Up and Play’ Football 5ives sessions have proven to be really popular and we’re currently seeing over 150 people a week taking part across the county. Not only are the sessions a great way to stay fit and have fun with friends, they also give young adults positive role models that they can learn important life lessons and skills from.”