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Hundreds of Y3 and Y4 Children Enjoy Football Fun

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Utilising Bolton School’s large expanse of playing fields, over 50 local primary school teams enjoyed a festival of football for Year 3 and 4 girls and boys. 

Matches, refereed by Bolton School students, took place over 16 pitches simultaneously and lasted 6 minutes each for Year 3s and 8 minutes each for Year 4s. The emphasis was on fun and playing the game in the right spirit and players and parents were introduced to the English Schools’ Football Association code of conduct. Players were encouraged to beat opponents by skill and not unfair means, not to argue with the referee and to keep their self-control. The youngsters were also introduced to some of the laws of the game, including the pass back rule. Six-a-side matches were competitive but the event was not about winners and losers and each member of the 10 player squad experienced some game-time. The players were supported by their parents, family and friends.

The event, which runs annually, was the first part of the Bolton School Football Festival, with the second part, the hotly contested Crusader Cup for Year 5 and 6 children, taking place later in the week.

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The Levels of Bolton School provided a wonderful playing surface for the Y3 and Y4 players

The Levels of Bolton School provided a wonderful playing surface for the Y3 and Y4 players

Matches were competitive but the emphasis was very much on fun

There was much skill and endeavour on show