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Football tournament books top Rotherham ref to appear

Pupils at Rawmarsh School with premiership ref Howard Webb being presented with their trophies.

Pupils at Rawmarsh School with premiership ref Howard Webb being presented with their trophies.

YOUNG South Yorkshire footballers met a soccer hero when they were presented with trophies for their efforts on the pitch.

The pupils from four Rotherham schools met top Premier League and international referee Howard Webb.

The Rotherham dad, who refereed the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa, presented trophies to Year 9 and 10 students, aged 13 to 15, who took part in the Scorch Football tournament.

The competition was held in a bid to keep youngsters off the streets over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

The event was organised by CB Leisure, of Rotherham, with funding from South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council.

It involved children from Wath, Pope Pius, Swinton and Rawmarsh schools.

It took place at Dearne Valley College and more than 350 people watched or took part.

Rawmarsh won two age groups and received their trophies from Howard who also signed autographs and answered questions posed by the players.

Inspector David White, of the Rotherham north safer neighbourhood team, said: “The idea of the tournament came from Colin Broadhurst of CB Leisure. The aim was to encourage children into sport and to act in a positive, well behaved manner during a period when many children are seen as causing issues.

“Colin is a respected UEFA B Coach who is active in the community, training children to play football.”

It is now hoped that the tournament can be expanded across Rotherham in the future.

 

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