HUNDREDS of players and spectators converged on Marley playing fields at the weekend to support a charity football tournament in aid of needy people in Palestine.

The event was jointly arranged by two Keighley organisations, One Vision and Youth Vision and saw 18 teams from the town and further afield battle it out in seven-a-side games on two all-weather pitches.

As well as the Keighley teams the event attracted squads from Oldham, Rochdale, Colne, Leeds and Bradford.

The tournament was won by Sporting Keighley FC, who beat Bradford-based side Palestino FC three nil in the final late yesterday afternoon. (July 23)

Keighley businessman Razaq Hussain, of 1 Vision, said the day has raised roughly £2,200, adding that a Palestine-based project will be chosen to benefit from this money.

"We had an amazing response to the tournament from Keighley and beyond, and had some great support from businesses," he said.

Fulzar Ahmed, of Youth Vision, said: "Turnout was fantastic given the weather, and we had a Champions League style draw beforehand which people really enjoyed."

Mr Ahmed acknowledged everyone who contributed to the day, including his fellow Youth Vision organiser Aroj Ali.

Mr Ali said: "We as Youth Vision want to acknowlege, promote and celebrate success in bringing young people from all communities together through sport.

"Following the success of this tournament we'll be doing it again next year." 

Despite forecasts warning of thunder storms, the event remained dry until shortly after 4pm, and the eventual rain did not stop the tournament concluding with an award presentation ceremony. 

The organisers thanked all involved in staging the occasion and paid tribute to the 22 businesses which provided sponsorship.