Saturday, 23 September 2017

Rain doesn’t stop play for primary school footballers

A FOOTBALL match between two primary schools went ahead despite torrential rain and a hailstorm.

A FOOTBALL match between two primary schools went ahead despite torrential rain and a hailstorm.

The friendly game between Peppard and South Stoke was halted after just five minutes due to the conditions but later both teams came back on to complete it.

The nine-a-side match was played on the common outside Peppard Primary School and included boys and girls from years three to six, watched by their friends.

It was the second leg of a tie organised to promote a partnership between the two schools. South Stoke won both legs, including a 4-1 victory in the second match.

The partnership was started by South Stoke headteacher Amanda Rogers, who is also the interim head of Peppard until the end of the academic year. She said: “They are both very small schools so it’s great to have the opportunity to play with other children and form a community. Both schools are fiercely competitive but also supportive of each other, which are great qualities to see.”

Mrs Rogers said she was on the touchline calling out the names of both sets of players to retain her neutral position.

The match was watched by dozens of schoolmates who cheered from the sidelines but were forced to run for cover when the storm hit.

Rosie Clinkard, a teaching assistant and governor at Peppard primary, said: “Being small schools we’re used to going all out to produce the results, so battled on after the hailstorm.

“Gradually the common filled up with spectators to support both teams and a good afternoon was had by all.”

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