Henfield Football Club attained FA Charter status a few years back and with over 200 youth players and 8 squads at youth level, the Club continues to grow. It is a big part of local children’s, parents’ and grandparents’ lives on match days!

For the 5th consecutive year, Henfield FC are hosting a Youth Football Tournament on The Kings Field. The tournament, for Under 7s through to Under 16s, has attracted entries from across Sussex and beyond – and is being held over the week-end of Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May.

We are already ‘sold out’ with a capacity (and record) 143 squads having entered.

The tournament is run on a group basis, culminating in the finals at the end of each session (around midday and 4pm) on both days. We kick off on Saturday morning with the Under 7s, 14s & 16s; followed by the Under 9s, 13s & 15s in the afternoon. Sunday morning sees the Under 8s & 10s and the afternoon moves on to the Under 11s & 12s. Most age groups have a number of host Henfield FC squads competing – so please do put the dates in your diary to pop up and watch the matches (and cheer on our Henfield teams!).

We naturally hope the week-end will be a success (please let it be dry!) – we are really grateful to the many local traders that have readily supported the Club by advertising in the 40 page full colour tournament programme or providing raffle prizes and we hope they too will benefit financially from our guests and visitors to the village. The tournament programme (£3) includes a free tea/coffee voucher and is packed with all the information you need.

On site, we will have refreshments as well as a bouncy castle and the ever popular ice cream van. Grateful thanks to HART and Henfield Medical Centre, who will be in attendance.

With the numbers expected, there will inevitably be additional traffic leading to parking issues. As in previous years, we will have stewards around the immediate area (Fabians Way, Northcroft, Deer Park, the Leisure & Medical Centres, Youth Club etc) to direct and assist as well as clear directional signage in place for the visiting squads. We apologise though in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused to local residents by the additional street parking and traffic, which we will endeavour to keep to an absolute minimum.

Please do come along and support our village’s youth football teams – as they play with pride and passion and no little skill too.

Paul Samrah, Henfield FC.,