Kilgetty AFC organised another fantastic Junior Football Festival on May Bank Holiday with over 600 young people taking part and around a thousand attending.

The Football Festival was split into two parts, with Morning Festival for Under 8s Boys/Girls, Under 8s Girls, Under 10s Boys/Girls, Under 10s Girls, and the afternoon festival was Under 11s Boys/Girls, Under 12s Boys/Girls, Under 12 Girls.

In addition to teams from Kilgetty and Pembrokeshire, teams travelled from all over South & West Wales – Carmarthen, Llandovery, Llanelli (Seaside FC), Swansea (Penllegaer, South Gower, Garden Village, St. Josephs), Torfaen (Fairfield), Rhondda (Ely Valley) and Cardiff (Gwaelod Rangers).

It was a family fun day as parents, grandparents and friends watched their children playing football, enjoying the BBQ and refreshments cooked by some of the Kilgetty AFC Seniors and volunteers.

Lukas Gamble, Kilgetty AFC Chairman, worked tirelessly organising the festival with an army of excellent coaches and volunteers who helped with preparations: setting up the 6 pitches, collecting assembling and setting up goals, including those loaned with thanks from St Clears and Tenby FC, registering entrants, collecting on the gate, carpark stewarding, refereeing, running and recording the scores and all the jobs which made the event run smoothly.

“The festival is all about having fun in football, giving children the opportunity to play football in a safe and family friendly environment. We thank all who helped in organising and running the event and those who sponsored us via donations and via our Crowdfunding appeal, you are awesome!” Shared Lukas Gamble.

Parents and visiting coaches were full of compliments saying: “Thanks Lukas and all for your hard work in organising and setting up the event, our lads the U10s thoroughly enjoyed it and there were lots of positive comments from parents and spectators alike about how well organised it was.”
Another parent said:
“Fantastic event. Thank you ALL for all your hard work this season and during the last week. Such a great event and the smiles everywhere just said it all. Well done and thank you!”

Folly Farm were the main event sponsors with Puffin Cottage Holidays and Hyundai
Station Garage Kilgetty as secondary main event sponsors, making generous donations via the club’s Crowdfunding appeal.

Kilgetty AFC parent volunteer Lucy Davies, Rib & Oyster, in addition to sponsoring the event, engaged with lots of local businesses who as a result donated via Kilgetty AFC’s active Crowdfunding page, having their logos printed in the fixtures programme as a Crowdfunding reward, including: Enchanted Sky, Hughes Locks, Twisted Tangles, Sue’s Pantry, Silver Strand, The Silver Lily, M&M Windows, Ritec Valley Quad Bikes, Rhys Jones Electrical and Buildings Solution’s Ltd, Wynnes Wheels Driving School and Fair Trade In Football Campaign. Other event sponsors were: N.G.Auto Repairs and Finishing Touch Mobile Valeting.

Special thanks are expressed to regular valued sponsors of Kilgetty AFC, Peter Adams and The Begelly Arms, and Stepaside CP School for the use of their car parks which were run by volunteers.

“I am so proud of our football club. The Football Festival was massive! Our parents, volunteers, Committee members, coaches and some of the senior squad really stepped up. Fantastic team effort by all involved. The place was buzzing, I heard so much positive feedback from coaches, players and parents who all looked to be having a great time.” Shared Sharron Hardwick, Kilgetty AFC Secretary.