The Wimbledon Cluster held its Year 3/4 Football Festival on Friday 8th October 2021 at Dundonald Recreation Ground. Ten schools with 17 teams altogether took part in this festival; Bishop Gilpin, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon Park, Holy Trinity, Park Academy, All Saints, Garfield, Pelham, St Mary’s and Dundonald. All schools arrived raring to go and in high spirits after so long without a big event, it was a very noisy park creating a great atmosphere for the day ahead. Teams were in four groups and were each assigned a pitch to maximise playing time and less waiting around. The players were full of energy and the attacking on display was tantalising just as much as the brave defending to keep the goals out.

There were many games that were deadlocked at 0-0 including the first two games of the day (Park v All Saints ‘A’ & Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ v Holy Trinity ‘B’), teams were extremely solid at the back, even more pleasing that the defenders stopping the teams scoring were the girls of the teams, so well done for stopping the teams scoring! The goals soon started flowing (in total there were 124 goals scored today!!) St Mary’s beating Pelham 3-1 during the fourth round of fixtures courtesy of some astonishing shooting and a very unlucky own goal in trying to clear it from the goal line. Pelham then got their shooting boots on to muster a solid 2-0 win against the very hard-to-beat Garfield.

Holy Trinity ‘A’ had a contender for goal of the MSSP season with a young boy dribbling past three defenders with impressive footwork before rifling a ball into the top corner of the net giving the goalkeeper no chance.

The standard of sportsmanship demonstrated throughout was superb. Many schools received nominations for our REFSPECT Award. However, Wimbledon Park & Pelham jointly won the award after gaining the most votes for respecting all players and officials, being polite and showing positive sporting etiquette and behaviour.

I want to thank all those children who participated in today’s event, you did your school extremely proud and never let the high effort drop which your teachers were so proud of. Thank you also to the parents who had arrived and supported there school and opposition schools in equal measures!

A last thank you to the Year 8 Leaders from Rutlish School, you were very impressive across all 14 rounds of fixtures and many members of staff were impressed with how you interacted with the children throughout the matches. Without you leaders we wouldn’t have an event, so we really appreciate your effort today!

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