Bolton School Senior Boys

Kick-off for Wanderers’ and School Football Festival

A football festival co-hosted by Bolton Wanderers' Community Trust and Bolton School offered an afternoon of fun and coaching sessions for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils from seven local primary schools. 

The after school sessions were the first part in the School's Football Festival for primary schools which is stretching over two evenings this year.  Coaches from Bolton Wanderers and from the School, including two Sixth Form boys who have just completed their coaching badges with the Independent Schools' Football Association, taught the youngsters about passing, shooting and dribbling and how to incorporate these into a game.  Wanderers gave 100 tickets to the primary schools for children and their parents to attend the home game against Sunderland on Saturday.  

Mr Keith Branagan, ex-Wanderers' goalkeeper and football coach at the School, said: "the aim of the festival is to enthuse young players through having fun whilst learning some of the basics.  It's been a great afternoon and I am not sure who has enjoyed themselves more, the players or the coaches!"

The second part of the festival will see over 300 Year 5 and Year 6 girls and boys taking part in a 5-a-side knockout tournament. 

The School, also in conjunction with Wanderers' Community Trust, will host the primary league town cup finals on 9, 16 and 23 May.


Lofty the Lion welcomes the children

Lofty the Lion, the Wanderers' mascot, welcomes the Year 3 and 4 pupils

The game

Players were quickly putting their new found skills into action

Fun afternoon

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for both players and coaches