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PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:34 05 July 2010

The winning Pakefield U12 side. Photo: Antony Kelly

The winning Pakefield U12 side. Photo: Antony Kelly

Pakefield U12 girls were the stars of the show as more than 3,000 people packed Great Yarmouth seafront at the weekend to watch the fifth junior Soccer on the Sands festival.

Pakefield U12 girls were the stars of the show as more than 3,000 people packed Great Yarmouth seafront at the weekend to watch the fifth junior Soccer on the Sands festival.

Nearly 130 teams from all over Norfolk and north Suffolk took part in what Gavin Lemmon, the Norfolk FA's county development manager, labelled “the biggest youth football tournament in England”.

Boys and girls ranging in age from seven to 13 played out tournaments modelled on the forthcoming Euro 2008 with each six-a-side team taking on the identity of one of the competing nations, although England were used instead of Russia.

And Pakefield, playing as Germany, were victors in the girls U12 category.

“The youngsters find it is completely different from playing on grass and much harder work running on the sand,” said Lemmon. “But if the example of Brazil is anything to go by, where they play a lot on sand and produce much better technical players, it could certainly help to improve skill levels.

“Most importantly, however, it's tremendous fun for everyone.”

Graham Plant, Yarmouth Borough Council cabinet member for tourism, said the event, sponsored by the Journal's sister papers, the Great Yarmouth Mercury, EDP and Evening News, scored in more than one way - the children loved it and it also gave aboost to seafront businesses.

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