A TOTAL of 318 teams entered 11 cup competitions run by Suffolk County Schools’ FA.
The competitions for Boys U12s-U18s and Girls U12s-U16s culminated in finals held across three consecutive days at Bloomfields, home of Needham Market FC.
SCSFA Life Presidents George Burley, the former Ipswich Town player and manager, and David Sheepshanks CBE, former Ipswich Town Chair, attended on Wednesday to present trophies and medals.
Suffolk County Schools’ FA Secretary Ruth Ward said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you all the schools that took part this season’s competitions.
“It’s not an easy task to organise and fit in all the fixtures along with all the other commitments schools have. Well done to all players that took part, whatever stage of the competition you got through to.
“We hope you have enjoyed being back playing again after a couple of years away due to Covid and we look forwards to welcoming you back next season.”
Chantry HS celebrate winning the U16 Girls' Cup. Main photograph: George Burley (second left) and David Sheepshanks CBE (far right) with the Kesgrave HS U14 Boys' winning team.
Suffolk County Schools’ FA Chair Robert Peace said: “The three days were a great occasion and a fantastic showcase of the talented young players within Suffolk Schools. I congratulate all the schools on reaching the finals and the eventual winners.
“Hosting eleven finals takes a lot of organising and I wish to thank my fellow committee members with special praise to secretary Ruth Ward for her hard work.
“It was great to see George Burley and David Sheepshanks CBE attend and show their support for Suffolk County Schools' FA.
“I would also like to thank Suffolk FA for their continued support during the finals and Needham Market FC and Needham Market Academy for hosting and their students’ assistance across the three days.”
SCSFA President Michael Hallam added: “Congratulations to everyone involved in making this year’s county schools’ football finals the largest and, in my opinion, the best Suffolk county finals ever held.
After two years without these finals being staged, all the players, schools, parents, supporters, sponsors and friends of SCSFA came together to enjoy the very best of school football.
“Throughout all 11 finals the atmosphere created by the watching spectators was amazing and helped to make lots of fantastic football memories for all of the 378 players that took part, that they will remember forever, regardless of the end result.”
Thomas Gainsborough celebrate winning the U12 Girls' Cup
U12 Girls – 16 teams entered the competition
Thomas Gainsborough 3 Kesgrave 1
U12 Boys – 40 teams entered the competition
East Bergholt 2 Farlingaye 1
U13 Girls – 29 girls entered the competition
Farlingaye 3 Debenham 1
U13 Boys – 43 teams entered the competition
Thomas Gainsborough 4 Copleston 2
U14 Girls – 24 teams entered the competition
Debenham 3 Copleston 0
U14 Boys – 42 teams entered the competition
Kesgrave 3 Copleston 0
U15 Girls – 16 teams entered the competition
Copleston 5 Kesgrave 3
U15 Boys – 36 teams entered the competition
Northgate 5 County Upper 1
U16 Girls – 19 teams entered the competition
Chantry won against Kesgrave on penalties
U16 Boys – 36 teams entered the competition
St Albans 3 East Bergholt 0
U18 Boys – 17 teams entered the competition
Kesgrave 3 Northgate 2