Bolton School Senior Boys

Primaries Enjoy School Football Festival

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 rounds.

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 Hill.

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. 

Beaumont CPS

Beaumont Primary School was this year's A competition winners

The short 5-a-side games were refereed by Bolton School boys from Years 11, 12 and 13

St Thomas of Canterbury

This year's winners of the girls' competition was St Thomas of Canterbury