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Friendly Matches at Football Festival for Years 3 and 4

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Bolton School’s annual Football Festival for Years 3 and 4 was once again a huge success, with hundreds of primary school children from thirty-seven local schools taking part in simultaneous matches across sixteen pitches.

The Year 4 teams played seven friendly matches within their groups, while the Year 3s played six games with one break across the seven time-slots. Having fun was the focus for the whole afternoon, as was playing the game in the right spirit. The youngsters were encouraged to abide by the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) code of conduct, which includes guidelines such as abiding by the laws of the game and using skill rather than unfair means to beat opponents, not arguing with the referee, and accepting defeat gracefully and victory modestly.

The six-a-side matches were competitive, but each member of the ten-player squad got a turn on the pitch and the event was not about winning or losing but rather about enjoying the experience. The teams were strongly supported by parents and family from the sidelines.

The event for Years 3 and 4 pupils was part of a wider week of Football Festivals organised by Bolton School, which was kicked off by the Year 7 and 8 Girls’ competition on Monday. The hotly contested Year 5 and 6 Crusader Cup competition will complete the Football Festival. 1,300 pupils will take part in the Football Festivals overall.

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The Year 3 and 4 children had fun throughout the afternoon

The Year 3 and 4 children had fun throughout the afternoon

Parents cheered on the teams from the sidelines

Parents cheered on the teams from the sidelines

Pupils put their skills to the test in a non-competitive setting

Pupils put their skills to the test in a non-competitive setting