Stoney boys in city tournament

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With UEFA Euro 2012 in full swing in Poland and Ukraine, Aberdeen based company Hydrasun decided to add to the excitement and interest surrounding the event with their very own mini tournament.

Organised as part of the kids@asv initiative, the event gave aspiring stars of the future the opportunity to play in a seven-a-side tournament with age categories for under nines through to under 12s. The event was first held in 2010 and due to its success attracted around 500 kids from 47 teams entering this year, compared to 15 teams in 2010.

The event kicked off on Tuesday 12 June and ran until Thursday 21 June. On the launch night around 100 kids aged under nine gathered on the third-generation full-sized indoor football pitch, which was split into three smaller pitches for the tournament.

Kids from a wide variety of North East areas, including Stonehaven, Inverurie and Peterhead, were involved in the nine day event with the hope of progressing from the group stages, to knockouts and ultimately the final.

All participants received a Hydrasun t-shirt and water bottle along with a Euro 2012 sticker book and stickers. The referee also issued prizes in recognition of fair play and sportsmanship and the overall winners received a free ASV summer session.

Hydrasun became major sponsor of kids@asv in August 2010 which is a programme of affordable sports clubs aimed at getting children from all backgrounds to participate in regular exercise. Based at the Aberdeen Sports Village, kids@asv provides a unique opportunity for local children to participate in a variety of sports and activities in a premier sporting environment. A range of activities are available for children such as table tennis, athletics and hockey, most of which cost £1.

Hydrasun is the major sponsor of the kids@asv Hydrasun Kids Euro Cup and Chief Executive Bob Drummond said “Hydrasun is really committed to its community involvement programme.Establishing initiatives such as kids@asv addresses the need to encourage children from an early age to get involved in physical activity through fun activities and to understand the long term health benefits of participating in sport from an early age.”

David Beattie from Aberdeen Sports Village said “Events like this are a fantastic example of how ASV is working to ensure that the people of Aberdeen and the North East have the opportunity to get involved in sport and physical activity. It is extremely important to us that we can offer a dedicated facility which is open to everyone who wants to enjoy it.”