Lacrosse young­sters are champions of Cheshire

Sta­dium visit gives valu­able in­sight into soccer coach­ing

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

SKILLED ath­letes at a pri­mary school have tri­umphed at a lacrosse tour­na­ment to reach the na­tional fi­nals.

Two teams from Gawsworth Pri­mary were en­tered into the Mac­cles­field Pop Lacrosse Tour­na­ment.

But it was Team A who ex­celled at the re­gional event, beat­ing off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from a num­ber of schools.

A spokesman from the school said: “Two teams were en­tered from Gawsworth. Both did ex­tremely well, with the A Team qual­i­fy­ing for the next round.

“They both came up against some good schools but with hard work and team tac­tics, the A Team beat Bollinbrook to go first through to the Cheshire Pop Lacrosse Fi­nal.

“The chil­dren knew they were go­ing to come up against some good teams in­clud­ing Gorsey Bank, Wool­ston and Lin­dow. How­ever with team spirit they did what they do best and scored goals.”

The A Team de­feated Gorsey Bank in the semi fi­nals, and went on to de­feat Wool­ston 6-2 in the fi­nals, earn­ing them a place in the Na­tional Pop Lacrosse Fi­nals.

The team will now face the 19 best school teams in Eng­land in June. SPORT sci­ence stu­dents at Mac­cles­field col­lege mixed busi­ness with plea­sure when they headed to a foot­ball sta­dium as part of their course.

The young­sters, who are study­ing Level Three BTEC in Sport and Level Three BTEC in Sports Sciences, vis­ited Stoke City FC’s Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium to find out about the role of the club’s coach­ing staff and their com­mu­nity pro­gramme.

Cur­rently in their sec­ond year, they took part in a day of shad­ow­ing and work­shops with coaches and staff from Stoke City Foot­ball in the Com­mu­nity.

The first part of the day in­volved an in­tro­duc­tion to the Com­mu­nity Trust and how the role of a coach is much more than just the de­liv­ery of ses­sions.

They then had the chance to tour the sta­dium and take part in prac­ti­cal coach­ing ses­sions.

Peter Carey, who teaches sport and sports sci­ence at the col­lege, said: “The trip to Stoke City FC was a huge suc­cess which al­lowed the stu­dents to gain valu­able knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with some of the coun­try’s lead­ing com­mu­nity coaches.

“The stu­dents have been able to use this knowl­edge in their BTEC work, giv­ing them knowl­edge unique to Mac­cles­field Col­lege.”

●● From left: Tom Ed­wards, Jack Barsted, Will Mil­ner, lec­tur­ers Mike Reed and Peter Carey, Cameron Dono­hue, Cameron Brinkman, Michelle By­rom and Zack Walm­s­ley at Stoke City FC

●● Gawsworth Pri­mary School’s lacrosse A Team are to rep­re­sent Cheshire in the na­tional fi­nals

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