On Thursday 11 October Wimbledon Chase Primary School hosted the Wimbledon Cluster Year 3/4 Football festival. 20 teams from 12 schools entered on the day and were split into 4 groups to play in a round robin format. The event was played without scores or results being recorded and the emphasis was very much on the pupils showing off their skills and having fun.

Group 1 consisted of Bishop Gilpin ‘A’, Dundonald, Holy Trinity, Wimbledon Chase ’A’ and Wimbledon Park ‘A’. The group got off to a fine start with all teams showing good organisation in defence and clinical finishing up front. The games were played in a great spirit with players determined to show off their skills and provide the spectators with some enthralling matches. The goals were flying in throughout the group and we were treated to some excellent finishing ensuring the games stayed tight.

Group 2 was equally competitive and all teams were putting in maximum effort representing their schools. The group had Garfield, St Mary’s, Pelham, The Priory ‘A’ and All Saints ‘A’ playing against each other, displaying attacking football and pushing to score at every opportunity. Again, there was plenty of quality on show with the determination and effort of all the players ensuring the matches were very close.

Group 3 had Wimbledon Chase ‘B’, Bishop Gilpin ‘B’, Merton Abbey, The Priory ‘B’ and Bishop Gilpin ‘C’ showing off their silky skills against each other. There were tonnes of goals and all teams were attacking with flair to excite the spectators. The crowds even had a very competitive ‘derby’ match with the two teams from Bishop Gilpin to keep them entertained…and they did not disappoint with excellent goals and team play displayed throughout.

Group 4 was played with teams from Park Community School, All Saint’s B, Wimbledon Chase ‘C’, The Priory ‘C’ and Wimbledon Park ‘B’. All teams were playing some fantastic football in a brilliant spirit and were really displaying all the hard work they had put in prepare them for the event. As the goals kept on coming it was great to see the respect amongst the players even after some very hard fought matches that were end to end throughout the day.

Our REFSPECT Award winners today were Park Community School, debutants in the Wimbledon Cluster events so a massive congratulations to them. They were positive throughout, applauding the opposing team, shaking hands and congratulating the opposition even when they lost. A great demonstration of fair play, sportsmanship and etiquette combined with fantastic team work and effort meant they were a credit to their school. Well done to everyone involved.

As always, we were incredibly fortunate to have the use of Wimbledon Chase’s excellent facilities – thank you. Thanks also to the leaders from Rutlish Secondary School, who officiated matches and kept the children focused on doing their best. To all the competitors, staff members and supporters, for the positive manner in which the tournament took place – thank you!

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