The annual MSSP inclusive football festival took place on Friday 4th May 2018 at Tooting and Mitcham FC’s astro-turf facilities. It was exciting to finally be able to host the festival due to the previous postponement from March caused by frost and snow! But no such conditions could stop us this time as the sun shone gloriously on the 23 schools that attended. Thank you to the following schools for representing at the event this year:



Blossom House



Cricket Green


Gorringe Park

Harris Merton





Merton Abbey


Sacred Heart

SS Peter and Paul

St Mark's

St Mary's

St Teresa’s

St Thomas of Canterbury

The Priory

Wimbledon Park



















As this event was festival themed with participation and inclusivity as the main aims, no scores or results were recorded. Each school squad was allocated a group with 7 other teams to play throughout the day from all clusters within the borough. 

Over 80 games of football were played over 6 pitches, all carefully refereed by 13 young leaders from Harris Academy Morden. Without the help from these dedicated officials, our events could not run, so we would like to say a big thank you to them for staying so focused and supportive to the primary pupils throughout such a hot day. 

It was terrific to see football played with such enjoyment and fair play. Teams were eager to congratulate their opposition after the final whistle, regardless of the result and hand shakes were offered on every occasion. With this sort of sportsmanship on display, many schools were deserving of the one award on offer for the festival; the REFSPECT award. This was an accumulation of nominations from all schools for a particular moment of outstanding respect or general positivity overall.

Congratulations to the 2018 festival REFSPECT winners, Hatfield, for acquiring the most votes, but specifically to one individual on their team for stopping and helping an injured opposing player even though he had the chance to play on – a real moment of respect and compassion that is humbling to see during any festival or competition. Thank you! 

We are very much looking forward to a summer of world football in Russia and will be hoping to see a similar level of enjoyment and positivity shown at our festival!

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