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Play on the pitch tournament 2022!


Posted May 23, 2022

We’re really pleased to have welcomed 60 local grassroots teams last weekend, for our first six-a-side football festival, in over three years, on the County Ground pitch! The proceeds of our annual Six-a-Side Festival of Football will go towards our various Zambia projects, which will be especially needed after the challenges of the past two years.

STFC Community Foundation had a fantastic weekend, in which we welcomed a total of 24 grassroots football clubs, with around 132 matches being played over the course of the weekend. This exciting tournament saw local youngsters from the ages of under 7’s to under 12’s, put their skills to the test in a weekend of football fun.

With the proceeds of our annual tournament going towards our Zambia based projects, our agreement with the Town of Livingstone, (Zambia) has seen the Foundation team deliver Coaching Education Programmes and a Youth Tournament, whilst engaging and delivering sessions in local schools and communities. 

We’ve been proud to install solar lighting in local schools, giving children the ability to study for longer hours during the day, and we’ve also had the opportunity to deliver disability coaching projects, with the opportunity of coaching, match experience, and refereeing tutoring for young referees.

During our time in Zambia, our coaching team have worked with hundreds of youngsters and Zambia Association Coaches, with the word of Swindon Town Football Club being spread far and wide.

Head of Foundation, Jon Holloway said: We were delighted to finally have our annual football festival back, after a tough couple of years for everyone, it was amazing to see all of the Counties local grassroots teams coming together for a great weekend of football, while also being a fantastic opportunity for young players to play on the County Ground’s state of the art football pitch. On top of this, we’re also thrilled to announce that all raised funds from the Festival, will be utilised for our community-based projects in Zambia, while also helping to develop the beautiful game in that part of Africa”. 

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