Every year the U10 age group is in charge of organising the Bury Club Tour.
This year we had eight teams join the ESF Tour at Butlins Bognor Regis at one of the UK’s largest Football Festivals.
The Bury Rangers travelling party was over 160 club members and family, who all enjoyed three days at Butlins, both on the pitches and on the family themed entertainment complex at Bognor Regis. All teams played in league and knock out competition to a high standard against teams from all four corners of the country. Even at this level, Bury Rangers managed to display both our fair play and football quality with teams surpassing expectation and reaching knock-out stages, with the under U13 girls coming out as winners.
Bury had 2 x U8 teams enjoying their first tour experience, 2 x U10 teams making their mark both on and off the pitch, with everyone from the age group bonding and exploiting every opportunity to have fun. Our U11 team played quality football all weekend with a semi-final defeat the only dent in their weekend. The U12 team exceeded all expectations, particularly on day two winning 4-0 and 5-0 to finish the tournament buzzing.
The Bury Girls once again represented the club to the highest standards within Girls football with the U13 and U14 Girls playing against teams from the football league and even overseas.
The highlight for many outside of the amusement rides, arcades and swimming pools was the presentation event where we all got to meet the classy Robert Pires. We all had a wonderful long weekend where all the boxes were ticked in what we wish to achieve by running a tour, club and team bonding, true sporting endeavour and a whole bag on fun – but the stand out memory will be the tens of Bury Rangers players all charging around Butlins in their bright red club tour hoodies.