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Friday, 04 May 2012
Over the course of two days 500 primary school pupils from
across the region have enjoyed a festival of football at Bolton
School. So many teams entered for this year's Crusader
Cup 5-a-side festival that three competitions ran
simultaneously - an A competition, a B competition and a girls'
competition. The annual celebration of football served up
equal measures of fun, skill and enthusiasm as girls and boys from
Years 5 and 6 took part in a series of mini-leagues and knockout
This year's A competition winners was Beaumont Primary School
who overcame Horwich 2-0 in the final. Eagley Junior Primary
School won the B competition, beating Sacred Heart with a golden
goal in extra time to snatch a 2-1 victory. The girls' final was
won by St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School who beat Castle
Mr Keith Branagan, football coach at Bolton School Boys'
Division said: "The festival is all about encouraging children to
participate in and enjoy sport. Yesterday it was really
pleasing to see so many Year 3 and 4 children attend the coaching
sessions and today I've been impressed by how much talent and
enthusiasm has been on show. It is great to see the children
enjoying themselves so much!"
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 a soccer coaching camp co-run by the School and Bolton
Wanderers' Community Trust coaches.
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