Hunslet Rugby Foundation ran a football tournament on 29 Nivember for six of the primary schools they work with at Cockburn School’s all weather pitch.
The schools taking part were: Clapgate, Low Road, Middleton St Mary’s, Strawberry Fields, Westwood and Windmill. Each school played four matches in a round robin.
Mr Queeley, Behaviour and Culture Improvement Officer and Under 11s football coach at Clapgate Primary School explained that the children were playing as a reward for good behaviour at school:
“Football means everything for these children. Last year we reviewed the school’s approach because a lot of our pupils struggle with academic progress, so we reflected on how can we help them find pride in something else. Football, sport in general, was that focus. Since then we’ve secured sponsorship from local companies to provide kits, prioritised physical education and we have a number of teams, in different sports, taking part in tournaments, cups and leagues and it’s working really well.”
Michael Nuttall, Hunslet Rugby Foundation Manager, commented:
“These tournaments are a great reward for the behaviour and effort shown by the pupils, myself, Aidan Robinson and James Ammat (Development Officers) have been working in these schools preparing the children for these competitions and it is always brilliant to see their teamwork come together and how well they represent their schools each tournament. This is the second tournament this academic year which will be followed by another 8 tournaments after Christmas.”
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