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Mini Beach Soccer World Cup

Mini Beach Soccer World Cup
Published 6th Jun 2006 by Mark Bisson

Budding football stars in Brighton and Hove are limbering up to take part in a beach soccer World Cup next week. Some 160 children from local schools will be trying to emulate their footballing heroes in the tournament being held in Brighton on Monday 12 June and Tuesday 13 June.

The 12 participating schools will nominate players to be put into one of 20 teams of 8 players, with each team kitted out in the strip of one of the nations competing in the football World Cup in Germany.

The Technical Response Mini Beach Soccer World Cup, taking place on the sand pitch between the two piers, promises to be a colourful affair. A samba band will lend a Brazilian flavour to both the girls' competition on Monday and the boys event on Tuesday.

Martin Perry, chief executive of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, one of the backers of the event, said: ?The excitement of the World Cup is being matched in Brighton with this world-class opportunity for our own young football stars.?

Professional football commentators will cover the games, which will be filmed, with the children themselves having the chance to try their skills behind the camera and record their own commentaries.

Katie Randall from organiser?s Yellowave Beach Sports said: ?Not only will the kids have a chance to show off their soccer skills but who knows, the next Des Lynam may be amongst them. ?Des started his sports commentating career in Brighton so we will be on the look out for someone with the same potential.?

Ex semi-pro footballer and event organiser, Spencer Mintram, added: ?As well as playing beach soccer, the children will have the chance to create instant match reports on laptop computers, take digital photos, conduct player interviews and watch match replays on flat screens.

?There will be a festival atmosphere with live commentary, World Cup strips and national flags. Samba music as well as a focus on fair play and anti-racism will add to Brighton & Hove?s own version of the World Cup.?

The tournament is part of The Seagulls Learning Centre ?Playing for Success? scheme, a government initiative in conjunction with the DfES, Brighton & Hove Albion and Brighton & Hove City Council.

The Albion?s Playing for Success - Brighton & Hove (Seagulls Learning Centre and Howzat! Learning Centre) project hope the tournament will be great fun for youngsters while also helping them with their literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

Playing times: First games commence at 9.45am each day. Semi finals are at 2.15pm and the final will be played at 2.50pm.

This event is kindly sponsored and funded by TECHNICAL RESPONSE.

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