May 8, 2012
Almost 100 boys and girls took part in the recent 'England Talent Day' organised and delivered by Cumberland FA, Carlisle United and Carlisle City Council's Well-Being Team.
Schools from across the county were invited to attend the event at the Sheepmount, the third festival of the season for players, with the astro-turf giving plenty of room for the fixtures. Players from Richard Rose Central Academy, William Howard School, James Rennie, Appleby Grammar, George Hastwell, Mayfield, St Benedict's and Stainburn took part over the two pitches.
11 teams enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Sheepmount, with the weather being kind to the players and spectators. Skills challenges were set up during the day for players to test themselves during their break in fixtures.
The festival was part of the England Talent Day programme linked to the School Games initiative, allowing players from the county to get an opportunity to show off their skills to The FA's Talent Selection Consultant.
Volunteers were provided by Lakes College, West Cumbria who supported the event by refereeing and helping with the skills challenges.
The event was made extra special with Matthew Dimbylow chatting to the players during the lunch break. Matthew is The FA's Talent Selection Consultant (North England) and Great Britain's Cerebral Palsy Football Team Captain. Cumberland FA would like to wish Matthew the best of luck in the forthcoming Paralympics World Cup and London 2012 Paralympics.
Plenty of fun was had by all, with 100% effort from all players capping off a fantastic day for all involved.
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