Monday, 15 October 2018

Primaries brought together through football contest

AWARDS were presented to children who brought Caversham and Emmer Green together through football.

AWARDS were presented to children who brought Caversham and Emmer Green together through football.

Year five and six pupils from six primary schools in the two areas took part in the Emmersham League Trophy, with the name reflecting their alliance.

Emmer Green Primary School was crowned the winner, finishing ahead of The Hill primary on goal difference.

The victors received the inaugural trophy at a presentation at The Hill school, which sponsored the competition, and there were prizes for the runners-up and third-placed Caversham Primary School.

Daniel Mander, 48, chairman of Caversham Trents FC, transformed the competition from a one-day tournament to a league format held over several months.

He said: “We wanted to bring competitive sports back into school. My child, who left the school two years ago, didn’t have any competitive games to play in.

“It’s also important for schools in Caversham and Emmer Green to come together and for pupils to be proud of wearing their school colours. I remember wearing my school colours even now.

“The last game between Emmer Green and The Hill was the reason we did it. It was a competitive game and ended in a 3-3 draw.”

Mr Mander said he had received interest in the competition from other schools in the area.

He added: “We hope it will get bigger next year with all the schools in Caversham and Emmer Green involved. Hopefully, it will create a bit of history and there will be many different names on the trophy as it becomes more established.”

Kim Lomax, PE co-ordinator at The Hill primary, said: “The children really enjoyed training each week and meeting pupils from different schools in the area, which they normally wouldn’t have the chance to do.”

Micklands and Caversham Park were the other primaries that took part while Highdown School supplied referees.

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