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From a technical point of view, the opportunity for the players to challenge themselves against new teams was a particularly valuable aspect of the day for Stonedoors Yellows coach Dave Turner:


“When you play the same teams every week sometimes you find that you know what is coming.


“But here the guys haven’t got a clue who they are facing so they have to adapt, change their game plan and pick the lads that they think will be the danger. It gives them a chance to use their footballing brains.”


For the event organisers, Staffordshire FA, providing an environment for players and coaches to enjoy and compete without fear of defeat or failure was the principal reasoning behind organising the tournament.


“As part of the youth review and all the changes in youth football, we wanted as a County FA to support the leagues with that by providing a number of events through the season to complement their league programme and trophy events through the season,” explained Kevin Staples, Acting Football Development Manager at Staffordshire FA.


“We saw it as is an opportunity to continue the development of players, give them the opportunity to play against players they don’t normally play.


“Our priority, rather than saying you are coming here to win something, was about giving them the clubs the chance to bring all of their team so they can play and win, lose or draw it doesn’t matter.


“It is about the kids coming here and experiencing St. George’s Park, experience for some of them playing on a 3G pitch as well and not having that string around them that says you have to come and win a competition.”


With the amount of smiles on the faces of the players as they left, it would seem that the day had most certainly fulfilled that purpose.


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