Andy Reid, Ryan Yates and Djed Spence attend Forest Football Festival

Earlier in October, Nottingham Forest Community Trust (NFCT) hosted the Forest Football Festival in partnership with the Nottingham Schools’ Football Association (NSFA). This action-packed event welcomed over 20 local schools to The Forest Sports Zone with teams eager to play football and of course, have fun. The day saw hundreds of children from different schools across Nottingham, as well as their teachers, staff, and coaches from Nottingham Forest Community Trust.

The children were also treated to visits from VIPS including former Nottingham Forest player and now Nottingham Forest under 23 coach, Andy Reid, as well as first team players, Ryan Yates and Djed Spence who were keen to see some local talent and award children with their certificates.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust was delighted to be able partner with NSFA as this provided hundreds of children with the opportunity to develop their football skills, play against other teams and have fun!

Graham Moran, BEM, Nottingham Forest Community Trust Chief Executive Officer, was in attendance and was delighted to see such a fantastic turn out.

Graham said “We are proud to support community football by organising big events such as this that celebrate the development of community football. It goes without saying, that we wouldn’t be able to recruit so many schools without the support of the NSFA.

“For us, it’s important that every school in the city has the opportunity to take part. Previously, we’ve operated similar events on a smaller scale. However, this is start of something much bigger and better. We want to make sure we have a regular calendar of events that schools can access throughout the year, for both girls’ and boys’ football.”

Pete Bevington, Chairman of Nottingham Schools’ FA added, “Collaborating with NFCT to run this event is proof that two local organisations can work together to provide an impactful football festival for local school children that showcases community spirit and celebrates schools’ football.”

Andy Reid arrived as the tournament was in full flow to the delight of the children involved. Andy was on hand to offer advice and words of wisdom to the youngsters and gave his thoughts on the occasion.

Andy said “It’s a great atmosphere and it seems like the kids are all really enjoying it. Football is supposed to be fun and it’s clear there is plenty of that today. There are some good players down here and I have been watching a lot of the games. Its not necessarily about who’s the best though, football must aim to be inclusive and it’s great to see players and teams from all over the city.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust would like to thank all the schools’ involved, the Nottingham Schools’ FA and of course, Andy Reid, Ryan Yates and Djed Spence for attending the event.

In addition, the Trust would like to mention the post-16 education students, who were present for the whole event and helped coordinate and run proceedings.

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Andy Reid, Ryan Yates and Djed Spence attend Forest Football Festival

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