04:30AM, Wednesday 21 May 2014
Soccer-mad youngsters converged on a sun-baked Summerleaze for the seventh annual tournament hosted by Boyne Hill Boys and Girls FC.
Some 500 players, aged between six and 15, played for cups, shields and medals over the course of two hot, dry days on Holyport FC's pitches off Blackamoor Lane on Saturday and Sunday.
Just four months ago, the pitch was under a foot of water, one of the worst grounds affected by the floods, but the turf is now as good as new at the scenic location on the greenbelt in north Maidenhead.
Teams travelled from as far afield as Watford, Walton-on-Thames, Tilehurst, Thame and Thatcham. A Chelsea FC scout was in attendance on the first day.
In line with the national trend, the number of girl players at the tournament has been steadily increasing over the years and more than a quarter of players in this year's tournament were female, aged 11-13.
Local clubs going for glory included Maidenhead Warriors, Bourne End Junior Sports Club, FC Holyport, Cookham Dean FC, Sunninghill Saints, Marlow United, Burnham Juniors, Ascot United and Twyford Comets.
Tournament organiser Phil Arnold, vice-chairman of Boyne Hill, which has now been running 21 years, said the tournament had gone very smoothly and everyone enjoyed the occasion.
The tournament is expected to have raised more than £1,000 towards funds for the youth football club.
In the boys U11, Sunninghill Saints won the cup and Boyne Hill Tigers won the shield. Marlow United Girls beat Thatcham in the Girls U11 cup final, and Thame Youth beat the Boyne Hill Lions on penalties for the Boys U12 cup.
Marlow United were runners-up to Colne Valley in the U12s Girls cup. In the U13s group, Burnham Juniors Lynx Whites won the cup and Bourne End took home the shield.
Ascot United Diamonds won the Girls U13 cup and Marlow United won the shield, while FC Holyport and Boyne Hill Hornets lost out to West Drayton teams in their respective cup and shield finals in the U14s.
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