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Thursday, 18 October 2012
Bolton School hosted a community football tournament at its Leverhulme Pavilion as part of the Primary Liaison programme at the School.
Over 200 children from 24 different primary schools from Bolton and Bury took part in a busy day of football. The competition was split into two different sections with 12 teams taking part in the year 3/4 tournament and 12 teams in the year 5/6 one.
The competitions began with group stages, with the top two teams progressing through to the knock-out stages and, ultimately, one team became the champions in each year group. After just 30 minutes, the whole day looked in doubt when very loud thunder and lightning struck causing major concerns as to whether to continue! Fortunately 15 minutes later the storm passed and the football could continue.
The group stages were extremely tight, with goal difference determining who made it through to the knock-out stages. Mr Windsor, who organised the tournament, said: ''The children showed how nervous they were as the results were added up. It was such an exciting set of events that led us through the whole competition.''
Eventually four teams in each tournament progressed to the semi-finals; with one of the teams in the year 3/4 competition being our very own Bolton School Junior Boys' team. However, after a nerve racking match, they lost out on penalties. The two finals were between Horwich Parish and Sacred Heart in the year 3/4 match, and St John's Bromley Cross and Sacred Heart in the year 5/6 final.
The year 3/4 tournament was won by Horwich Parish in a thrilling sudden death penalty shootout and the year 5/6 tournament was won by St John's Bromley Cross, who remained unbeaten throughout the day. A trophy was presented to both winning teams by Bolton Wanderers' captain Kevin Davies.
Mr Windsor said: ''It was a fantastic day with some excellent football from all of the children. There were outstanding moments of skill and exceptional sportsmanship shown from many of the players. We hope everyone enjoyed the day and took a lot from it. The finals attracted a great crowd, particularly the year 3/4 final, which left everyone glued to an epic penalty shootout, which Horwich won with a great save from their keeper. Thanks to all who came and helped out on the day! We hope that all the schools had an enjoyable day and will attend future primary liaison events."