On Friday 1st April, a team of eager Year 1 and a team of excited Year 2 children headed off to The Len Forge Centre for a day of football. It was April Fool’s Day but the only joke was the weather. During the day children had to endure wind, snow, rain, hail and occasionally sunshine to complete their matches and support each other.
The day started off with the Year 1 team, proudly wearing a brand new school kit. We are thankful to our friends at Crawlers School Uniform shop who managed to get the kits embroidered with the school badge and back to us within 24 hours so the children could wear them for the event. The Year 1 children played very well as a team and created lots of good chances to score. Noah, Teddy and Oliver all netted some great goals for the team. The team rotated well and showed great enthusiasm and determination in very tricky conditions. We had some tough tackling thanks to Nula, Hana and Tayla-Mae. The team played 4 games picking up one win and two very tight 1-0 loses. As the team played they grew in confidence however as they started the fifth game of the morning the dark clouds gathered and a freezing snow flurry started which meant the rest of the morning had to be abandoned.
As midday approached, the sunshine made an appearance and gave Mrs. Walker and Mr. Sayer time to dry off and warm up before the Year 2 competition started. The Year 2 team were thrilled to finally get to play after the last competition had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Fortunately, the weather stayed nice enough for the games to be played although hats, gloves, scarves and coats were needed throughout the afternoon. Having been a while since the team had practiced and played together it took a bit of time for the team to find their groove and they were unlucky to lose the first game due to a penalty. As the games moved on the team found some rhythm, special mentions to Corey and Mikail who made lots of good chances. Ruby speedily broke away to score a fantastic goal and Lewi smashed in a fantastic strike. The team worked brilliantly together and supported each other on and off the pitch. Most of the children took a turn in goal and Ben was one of our fantastic keepers. He made multiple amazing saves stopping some shots that were almost definitely goals.
The day was a tough day and results didn’t always go our way but the children battled on and their spirits never dropped. Both Year 1 and Year 2 were an absolute credit to the school and showed effort, resilience and respect throughout the day. A special thanks to all the parents, carers and extended family that turned out to support the children, we all enjoyed hearing your cheers and words of encouragement.