The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) recently organised their first football tournament, which they themed around ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.
All the youngsters were a credit to their teams, managers, coaches and parents and certainly played the game in the spirit it is meant to be played in.
Gordon Rowntree, PCS
The PCS arranged for twelve teams from all around the North East to converge on Middlesbrough to take part in the tournament.
The event was opened by the local councilor, Shamal Biswas, who has responsibility for Equality and Diversity at Middlesbrough Council.
The opening ceremony included the football teams parading behind "Rythem Train", a drum band who had volunteered their services. The teams were quickly into their stride and by 12.30pm the group stages were complete and it was clear which teams would be competing for the Championship Cup and which for the Challenge Trophy.
The Challenge Trophy final was eventually won after Skelton Juniors beat Tunstall Tigers 4-3 on penalties. The final of the Champions Cup was also a close fought affair, with Washington United Leopards finally defeating a classy Castle Part Juniors 2-1.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is the fifth largest trade union in the UK, with over 300,000 members.