CIFE Football Tournament - St George's Park
MPW Birmingham participated in the first CIFE football tournament which was held at the prestigious Saint George’s Park. This venue will need no introduction to the football fans amongst you because it is an official training venue of the England football team.
Ten teams participated in the tournament with colleges coming from around the country. As you might expect of a centre run by the Football Association the facilities were excellent with the tournament taking place on an indoor 3G pitch which is the same size as the Wembley pitch and which the full England team have trained on.
Congratulations to MPW London who won the tournament and peaked just at the right moment beating CCSS in the final by means of an American penalty shootout. MPW London’s trophy cabinet will now accommodate the Saint George’s Park Trophy.
As for MPW Birmingham we reached the semi-finals losing to an inform CCSS (who it appeared peaked too early). The MPW Birmingham team showed much resolve in getting over this disappointment winning their third place play off against Ashbourne College of London.
The standard of play from all ten teams was extremely high and in many cases the teams could only be separated by goal difference. The behaviour of the MPW Birmingham team was impeccable and there is much to look forward to regarding future matches.