133 Teams Compete in School's Football Festival
Thursday, 02 May 2019
Over the course of the first two days of May, over 1,000 pupils in 133 local primary school football teams competed in this year’s Bolton School Football Festival. The emphasis throughout was on good sportsmanship, based on the English Schools' FA Code of Conduct.
53 teams took part in friendly six-a-side matches on Match Day One for pupils in Years 3 and 4. Teams enjoyed ‘round robin’ matches, playing all of the other teams in their group. With fourteen games taking place simultaneously on the Bolton School playing fields all through the late afternoon, the Football Festival made a wonderful spectacle.
The Year 5-6 Festival on Match Day Two was even larger, with 80 teams taking part. Always a hugely popular event, the tournament is split into the A Team competition, the B Team competition and the Girls’ competition, each with its own hotly-contested cup.
The A team competition final saw St Brendan’s overcome Highfield 3-0, the B team competition saw Devonshire Road lose out to Horwich Parish 1-0 and the girls’ final was a tense affair which saw St Michael’s beat Markland Hill on sudden death penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final.
The Football Festival was arranged by Bolton School’s Head Football Coach and former Bolton Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Mr Keith Branagan, who is also the PE Programme Manager for the Bolton Sports Alliance. Pupils from the Boys’ Division assisted on both days by volunteering as referees for the children’s matches.
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