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500 Primary Pupils Enjoy Football Festival

Friday, 26 April 2013

Over the course of two days around 500 primary school pupils from across the region have enjoyed a festival of football at Bolton School.

Three competitions ran simultaneously - an A competition, a B competition and a girls' competition. The annual celebration saw Year 5 and 6 girls and boys from local primaries take part in a series of 6 a side mini-leagues and knockout rounds of football, demonstrating lots of skill and enthusiasm as well as having lots of fun.

48 teams from 23 schools entered, and this year's A competition winners were Sacred Heart who overcame Eagley 2-1 in the final.  Eagley however turned the tables in the B competition, beating Sacred Heart on penalties to claim their victory. The girls' final was won by St Thomas of Canterbury School who beat St Thomas’ Chequerbent 2-1.

The afternoon represented the second part of this year's Primary School Football Festival at Bolton School. The night before had seen Year 3 and Year 4 pupils from local primaries take part in their own 6 a side football festival. 25 teams from 16 schools took part and although there was no formal competition, each child received a certificate for participating.

Mr Keith Branagan, football coach at Bolton School Boys' Division said: "The festival is all about encouraging children to participate in and enjoy sport. I'm continually impressed by how much talent and enthusiasm is on show!"

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The A team finalists from Eagley and Sacred Heart

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The girls' final was won by St Thomas of Canterbury

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