The PwC is Proud to Sponsor The Jersey FA Primary School Festival
The festival runs during the Easter school holidays and remains the longest running of its kind in the British Isles. Teams with parents and coaches travel from across the UK to take part in football matches and team-building activities.
The festival has long been regarded as the pinnacle of under 11 football and has an important role to play in developing the aspirations of the Island’s young players. It’s a great achievement for those local children selected to represent Jersey and follows the culmination of practice and hard work during the inter-school league programme.
Over 300 children, parents and coaches alike participate in the festival over a 5 day period. Graeme Le Saux participated in the tournament as a schoolchild and is a keen supporter of the event. He said: "The Jersey Primary Football Festival was a vital part of my football development. It gave me the chance to compete against schools from all over the UK and made me realise how high the standard was, a level that I aspired to reach.”
Mark James, Partner at PwC CI commented: “We see the festival as a great example of the quality of work done in youth sport on the Island and it’s great for Jersey’s reputation as a tourism and sporting destination, as well as for the children participating. We also enjoy working alongside JFA CEO, Neville Davidson, and festival organiser Pat Cullinane to help promote the UK FA’s Respect campaign as part of the festival. We’re proud to play a small part helping to embed the right behaviours and attitudes in the young football stars of the future, whilst highlighting some of the excellent work being done in junior football here in Jersey.”
Pat Cullinane, added: “We are immensely grateful for the support from PwC. The event is more than just a football festival for the children attending. Each year they also go on outings and activities in the afternoons. This builds their confidence and gives them opportunities to make new connections and friendships with other teams that last long after they return home".
2014 was the 40th anniversary of the festival and in celebration of this anniversary, the week was brought to its official end at an awards dinner on the evening.