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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