On Friday 1st March 2019, the Astro-turf facilities of Tooting and Mitcham FC hosted the largest MSSP football festival in our event history. 30 teams took part in a tremendous celebration of football across Merton borough.
The event is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for those children with learning and physical difficulties and those who would not usually get the chance to represent their school at football or across team sport. The excitement was evident, even before a ball was kicked, with teams arriving in vibrant football kits to match their high spirits, adding to the multitude of colour on display across the six pitches in use throughout the day.
Teams were divided into groups of five, taking part in a round-robin format. No seeding or results were being recorded but this didn’t stop the participants trying their best and representing their schools with desire and respect.
The layout of the tournament can be seen below including all the teams that took part:
As each group was a mini festival in itself, the REFSPECT award for the tournament was available for six teams – one per group. Team leaders and players alike had the opportunity to vote for and nominate another team in their group for outstanding respect, sportsmanship and fair play throughout the festival. The MSSP team also noticed so fine examples of this, including a great deal of help from the referees on the day – Harris Academy Morden year 8 pupils – who showed wonderful awareness and control of the games, helping individuals and supporting the participants with specific needs. A huge thanks to the 13 leaders.
Congratulations to the following teams for being awarded the REFSPECT prize for 2019:
C Wimbledon Chase
D All Saints
F Blossom House