THE Community Partnership League hosted their junior cup finals which brought down the curtain on the second season of competition.

Twenty four teams at under-7 to u12 from 15 different clubs from the Bolton Area competed in the finals over two weekends of grassroots football at Daisy Hill FC and Horwich St Mary’s FC.

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More than 350 players got the chance to show off their skills in front of spectators who came along to cheer on the junior finalists.

Lesley Allon, secretary of the Community Partnership League, was full of praise for everyone involved.

“We’ve had some fantastic cup final games this year,” she said.

“Everyone’s really enjoyed the matches and so we believe they’re all winners regardless of the results.

“A big thank you goes to all of the clubs involved, our dedicated league volunteers and Daisy Hill FC and Horwich Saint Mary’s FC for kindly hosting the games.”

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The season may have finished but Allon says there are big plans ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

She said: “With the growth in this league, it’s hard to believe it’s only our second season.

“We’ve currently more than 1,400 kids playing in the league at more than 120 local teams, and we’re looking to grow that number again next season. From September, we’ll be offering u7 to u13 football and we’ll be happy to talk to any local clubs interested in joining us.

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“We’re also reducing the amount of travelling involved in junior football by making sure all of our clubs are based within eight miles of Bolton town centre, which saves parents time and money on driving to games.”

The league was formed in 2017 when a group of like-minded clubs wanted to create a new not-for-profit league with the emphasis on fun and friendship.

Member clubs pay £10 per season to join the league, irrespective of how many teams are entered with applications now being accepted for next season.

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