A great re­sult for friend­ship


STU­DENTS at St Gre­gory’s Pri­mary School in­vited pupils from schools across the town to take part in a fun foot­ball tour­na­ment.

The com­pe­ti­tion – which in­cluded teams from Bolling­ton Cross, St John’s and Dean Val­ley – was hosted by St Gre­gory’s pri­mary school in Bolling­ton.

Dean Val­ley were crowned the tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons af­ter a closely fought fi­nal against Bolling­ton Cross, go­ing down to a tense penalty shootout.

St Gre­gory’s came in third and St John’s fourth.

Austin Ab­bott, who helped or­gan­ise the event, said: “What a great day. It was so much fun to see lo­cal schools com­ing to­gether and to see the chil­dren hav­ing so much fun.

“They were all mix­ing to­gether off the pitch and play­ing, and it was nice to see them build­ing new friend­ships – and what a great way to keep the chil­dren ac­tive, fit and build con­fi­dence.

“A great day in­volved”.

Fel­low or­gan­iser Max Ain­scough added: “All teams played re­ally well and the tour­na­ment was ex­cit­ing as all the teams were quite evenly matched and it made the games a lot more in­ter­est­ing.

“It was great to see the chil­dren hav­ing a great time and fam­i­lies com­ing along to join in.”

A player from each school was named ‘player of the tour­na­ment’, with Fin­lay Cooper, Henry Stead, Jack Ryan and Kian Hamp­shire tak­ing home the award, and Kian, from St John’s, named the over­all player of the tour­na­ment.

The Re­spect and Sports­man­ship award went to Jack Ryan, of St Gre­gory’s, for show­ing a great atti- for all tude, be­ing a team player and set­ting a great ex­am­ple to all play­ers.

Recog­ni­tion also went to the only two girl play­ers – Mia Richards, from St John’s, and Eleanor Boyd, from Dean Val­ley – who were given spe­cial recog­ni­tion for ‘be­ing foot­ball su­per­stars’ and ‘fan­tas­tic school rep­re­sen­ta­tives’.

All play­ers re­ceived an award for their in­volve­ment.

Head­teacher John Da­ley said: “It is a very proud day for St Gre­gory’s.

“Speak­ing to other school rep­re­sen­ta­tives and par­ents, and hear­ing that the school in­ter­ac­tion is some­thing we should be do­ing more of, has re­ally hit home and I be­lieve we can make this an an­nual event.

“We have al­ready men­tioned ar­rang­ing other events and build­ing re­la­tions be­tween the lo­cal schools.

“Af­ter all, the chil­dren are the ones that ben­e­fit, and it’s the chil­dren that mat­ter.”

The host­ing team from St Gre­gory’s, from left, top row: Austin Ab­bott, Lawrence Corn­ford, Adam Hart, Will Marston, Cae­lan Ain­scough, Finn Mor­gan; Bot­tom row, from left: Ge­orge Barr, Heath Ab­bott and Jack Ryan

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