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The Sage Soccer Festival - 16/07/2003

The Sage Soccer Festival

The SAGE soccer festival kicks off a week today and we’ve interest from teams in Canada, the USA, Malta, Nigeria, Holland and Belgium. We’re confident this year’s tournament will be bigger and better than ever. We have a number of social events taking place, including the Pro/Celebrity charity game, Festival BBQ and Party, mini-soccer competition and tournament disco. We look forward to welcoming all teams in 2003, even if you’re not part of a team, why not come down and take in the Pro/Celebrity game on the evening of Saturday the 26th. In addition to myself, we hopeful that players such as Les Ferdinand, John Beresford, Rob Lee, and a number of ex-Boro and Sunderland boys will take part. There’s also a few of the TV sports reporters taking part, and even Lomana Lua Lua’s 17 year old cousin is playing – so I’m sure we’ll have a good time. There’ll be a bar and bar-be-que as well as plenty of attractions to keep the kids happy.

The tournament takes place at East Durham & Houghall Community College - a specialist Sports College opposite the Durham University pitches where Newcastle used to train. For those of you who don’t know the area, the college is five minuets from Durham City - 15 miles south of Newcastle and 10 miles west of Sunderland.

We’ve worked hard to build on previous year’s success, and the tournament programme looks as follows…

Tuesday 22 July Travelling teams arrive 14.00 – 17.00 pm. Team manager’s meeting 19.00.

Wednesday 23 July Tournament play – league game 1 Evening entertainment

Thursday 24 July Tournament play – league game 2 Evening entertainment

Friday 25 July Tournament play – league game 3 Travelling teams arrive 14.00 17.00 pm Manager’s meeting 18.30pm Pro / Celebrity charity game 19.30 pm

Saturday 26 July Groups 1 – 6 Semi Finals / Play offs Groups 7 – 10 & Groups G 1-3 day 1 Festival Party

Sunday 27 July Groups 1 – 6 Finals day Groups 7 – 10 & Groups G 1 – 3 day 2 Presentations and travel teams depart

Teams can register on line. Complete the application form and press submit. Alternatively contact the Sage International Soccer Festival office on :

Mark Gibbon, Sage International Soccer Festival, Suite 6a, Armstrong House, Armstrong Road, Washington, Tyne & Wear,NE37 1PR, Tel 0191 4180213, Fax 0191 4180208, E-mail

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