With the opening game of the FIFA World Cup in Russia less than two weeks away, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust got into the spirit of the upcoming festival of football by hosting a World Cup Fun Day at the Eddie Davies Academy Training Ground at Lostock.
Around 75 children of various ages turned up to take part in the event, with the main activity being a 5-a-side football tournament which took place on the artificial grass surface.
The large group was divided into three categories relative to the ages of the children; with a younger group, a middle group and an older group – each group made up of four teams representing a different country and looking to pick up some silverware. The four nations represented by the children were England, France, Spain, and Brazil.
The final of the older age category drew a crowd with the contest between Brazil and Spain going all the way to penalties. In a tight shoot-out, Spain were denied by the crossbar as the ball bounced down and landed just in front of the line and it allowed Brazil to step up and score the winning penalty which led to a mass celebration.
Awards were presented to each team present after the tournament was completed, with the winning team in each age category picking up a gold certificate, the runners-up a silver certificate and the team who finished in third place – a bronze certificate. The team who finished fourth in their age category still received a certificate for their participation, so every child went home with an award.
There was one large, golden World Cup trophy to be presented to the nation that picked up the most points along the way from each of the three age categories combined. The overall winner of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust 5-a-side tournament was Brazil. Ironically, the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup this summer!
See a selection of images from the event, below: