Somerset Festival of Football 2023

The Somerset Schools’ FA festival returns for 2023 from Sunday 2nd April- Wednesday 5th April 2023. The festival which attracts teams from throughout the southwest and from across the country is a highlight of the Association football calendar.

The Somerset football festival is a brilliant way for Somerset to celebrate representative football in their area and we encourage as many teams as possible from across the country to get involved. The festival is open to U13,U14 and U15 district teams for both boys and girls and will take place at Millfield School in Somerset. Somerset Festival costs £270 per player with one coach per team for free.

The ESFA is delighted to support the Somerset Festival 2023 and encourage as many representative teams as possible to take part.

For more information on the festival and how to get your side involved, please contact Stuart Crisp on scrisp@bucklersmeadacademy.com

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ESFA Somerset Festival

A report on the ESFA’s 4th Somerset Football Festival.

The Somerset Festival ran over the Easter holidays based at Millfield School Street. 14 Districts from the South West ranging from the Vale of White Horse to West Cornwall competed in the U.14 and U.13 age groups.

The festival was as ever a competitively high standard with a large number of academy players representing their districts. Each team played 5 games over the course of the 4 days playing at Millfield school pitches, which are of a very high standard, in the morning and afternoon which was also where the teams stayed over the course of the festival.

The Festival also worked with the local referees association as well as the Welsh referees association to bring on younger referees in a controlled environment which has allowed players and managers to just watch the games without worrying about officiating. There were trainee Physios and qualified first aiders in attendance to all games in case of unfortunate injuries.

The first evening all the travelling associations went ten pin bowling after an evening meal at two local restaurants, who were keen to support the district schools festival. The second night was a free night for the players and managers to relax.

The final night was the closing ceremony which was held at Westland Sports and Social club. Over 400 players and parents attended. The guest speaker was Ryan Seager of Southampton FC and Yeovil Town FC  and ex Yeovil and District School boys, who were in attendance at the festival, who gave an inspirational speech about his life and how district schools football helped his career as a player.

 After the final games in the mornings there was very positive feedback from players, coaches and parents. Next year I have already had interest from other associations so I can see the Festival growing even further,

The fourth Somerset festival was yet again a huge success. The Festival hopes as many players go on to make it professionally but more importantly create that social and team cohesion which is the main reason it is run.