Kids can play at the Boleyn

George Parris is once again staging his annual football event for youngsters to play at the Boleyn Ground.

Details have been confirmed for the fifth staging of the annual mini-soccer tournament hosted by the former Hammers favourite. The 2010 event will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June 2010 with separate tournaments for U7s, U8s, U9s, U10's, U11s and U12s.

Last summer's event was another great success with 65 teams from 13 counties across England, as well as Wales and Ireland, getting to play on the hallowed turf. Among them were Upminster Park Rovers Under-11s, pictured below.

Demand is expected to be high again when youngsters get another opportunity to play at the stadium at the end of this season. The competition format will be similar to before with group matches followed by knockout stages and 'friendly' festival matches for the younger age groups. Matches will be based on small-sided soccer rules.

As before, George will host the day's festitivities and there will be trophies for the winners and runners-up of each competition in the older age groups and medals for all the participants in the U7s and U8s friendly festivals. Every player will receive a certificate to commemorate their visit.

A visit to the dressing rooms is all part of the day and the teams will line up in the tunnel at the beginning of the tournament. The player's names will then be announced over the stadium's PA system as they emerge past the dug-outs and out on to the pitch graced by the West Ham United first team.

Once again the event will be used to help raise money for the Great Ormond St Children's Hospital, with more than £10,000 collected so far for the deserving charity.

Clubs interested in participating can contact tournament organiser Jeff Garner via email [email protected] or by mobile on 07941 877570.

Upminster Park Rovers Under-11s