The South Cambs School Sports Partnership recently hosted a fun afternoon of football at Linton Village College for boys in Years 3&4.
Fourteen teams took part in the competition which was aimed at introducing new players to the game of football and giving them the opportunity to represent their school in a fun and friendly competition.
Matches were 7-a-side with roll on, roll off subs with teams getting to play against lots of different schools in quick 7min matches which were expertly refereed by sports leaders from the Village College.
The schools taking part included Histon & Impington Brook, University of Cambridge, Dry Drayton, Coton, Histon & Impington Park, Bar Hill, Barrington, Foxton, Linton Heights, Great Abington, Meldreth, Hatton Park, The Meadow and Trumpington Park Primary Schools.
With the focus of the event being on providing an introduction to competitive football in a really positive and fun environment the results of the matches were not recorded instead the children were asked to score their opposition based on their teamwork, fairplay and their team/individual skill. These scores were then collated and at the end of the afternoon awards were presented to the following teams
Teamwork Award -Foxton
Fair Play Award -Linton Heights
Skill Award -Histon & Impington Park
There was also a special award for the team from Histon & Impington Park who scored the highest number of points across all 3 values categories, and they were presented with Cambridge United rain jackets which had been kindly donated by Cambridge United Community Trust.
Claire McDonnell, South Cambs SSP Partnership Manager said, “It was great see so many boys getting their first experience of competitive football and the opportunity to pull on the school kit and represent their school. It was a really positive and supportive environment with all of the children getting lots of playing time.
At the end of the afternoon a lot of the boys told us how happy and excited the event had made them and another boy spoke about how ‘it changed my mind because when I came I thought I might regret it but I loved it!’