THE BEST PRIZE IN FOOTBALL
Visiting the Premier League Trophy
Last Friday, we were given the opportunity by The Primary League Primary Stars program to visit the Premier League Trophy at Henry Beaufort School in Winchester.
Only six children were allowed to go to see the trophy and play in a mixed (boys and girls) football tournament that The Primary Star Program put on. Children were selected through their contribution to sport in the school but also if mainly they were in year six. This is because next year, there will hopefully be another opportunity to see it again for the next lot.
The children played in a tournament against a variety of schools from the area. The tournament was very much a friendly tournament but the organisers were also clear that there will still be a winner at the end. Our main reason for being at the event was to see the trophy and anything else would just be extra. Despite a few key players for the team not being selected and having a mixed team, the children finished top of their group. They then went on to beat Twyford School in the semi-finals 1-0! This felt great because our approach to the day was purely about having fun.
In the final, the children played John Hursley C of E Primary school and went 1-0 down early on in the game. It is worth noting that their school did not bring any girls with them so they did not have a mixed team- even though the organisers said that this was a requirement. However, in the last part of the game, we scored to make it 1-1. This meant we had to complete a penalty shoot out to decide who would win the tournament-Hollybrook are certainly no strangers to penalty shoot outs. After going to sudden death, the organisers decided that it may go on forever so declared that both teams were winners. Co-winning a tournament is certainly something that I’ve never heard of before but it definitely fitted in appropriately with the overall message of the day- to have fun. Both teams shared snacks and had photos together at the end which demonstrated great sportsmanship and the good spirit of the game.
Well done Hollybrook! Another tournament won ;)