Over the summer months Sale United will often enter tournaments and festival days around the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area. We try to give this opportunity to all our players, so it isn’t just the most gifted players who get this opportunity. It is important that we find the level of competition which will challenge the players’ ability at whatever stage of their development.

With our younger players this kind of event will sometimes give the players experience of disappointment as well as elation and it is important that our coaching staff handle both of these situations well. We always stress that they should do their best, but that they should be Fun. They must learn that not every team can run out as winners every time they compete.

But it’s also a nice feeling on the occasions when we can lift a Cup.