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Throwback Thursday: A trip to King Edward VI Handsworth School for Schools’ Football Week

On Wednesday 26th May we sent our official photographer to King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls to cover their schools’ football week activity! This is what they got up to…

On the week of 24-28th May, King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls (KEVI) hosted Schools’ Football Week, an official campaign that was held around the country to highlight the huge scale of Schools’ Football in England. Over 100,000 players and around 8,000 teams of children took part. At KEVI, there was a mixture of different activities and challenges for everyone, ranging from a penalty shootout competition, keepy-uppy challenge, cross bar challenge, poster competitions, football assembly and house competitions. They were also part of a special event on Wednesday 26 May called Schools Football Week- Game On! where schools from across England were invited to play Covid-safe matches and tournaments, creating the ‘world’s biggest football match!’ 

Giles Ip, PE Teacher from KEVI said “The House football events for Year 7, 8 and 9 took place in May as part of Schools’ football week and we were lucky that the weather was sunny and we were able to play each event with minimal disruption. All pupils played and took part in the competitions in very good spirits, with very positive attitudes and the level of competition was high. The football was extremely competitive, and it was so pleasing to see all our students get involved and enjoy it.”

“The Year 12’s came out victorious against the teachers in an epic battle of teacher vs students. The teachers took the lead but ended up losing 9-6 in front of a packed crowd in the sports hall.

We also held a football poster competition where students had to design a kit or poster about the benefits of football/no room for racism in football.”

Mr Ip continued, “We felt that Schools’ Football Week was a great opportunity to embrace Schools’ Football and the wellbeing benefits it provides to all pupils and players. We also ran an assembly to reflect this. It was an opportunity for everyone to get outside, have fun and enjoy being able to play football with their school friends, competitively or otherwise”.  

“We had an official photographer from the ESFA (English Schools’ Football Association) who came in to take some photographs of some of our pupils in action. We are delighted that they are going to use them on their website and social media channels!”

He added, “A huge big thank you to all those who took part, including staff who supported the activities.”

A big thank you to KEVI for allowing us to attend their school and capture their amazing Schools’ Football Week Activity, we are glad you enjoyed your events!

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Cornwall Schools’ FA – Primary Festival

The Cornwall Schools’ FA hosted their annual primary festival last week (24th-28th May) with primary schools from across the county getting involved. The festival was hosted at Archbishop Benson School in Truro and supported by the ESFA Resumption of Football Grant.

Monday saw the first events of the festival kick off with the “Centenary Shield” and the “Miller Shield”. Trythall primary school came out winners of the “Centenary Shield” competition whilst Mount Hawke primary school claimed the “Miller Shield” title.

Torrential rain washed out all of Tuesday’s fixtures as even the venues 3G surface was deemed unplayable. These fixtures were moved to Wednesday however and the competiton then fell in line with the ESFA’s Schools’ Football Week- Game On initiative, with the participating Cornwall primary schools contributing to the ‘World’s Biggest Football Match’! The day kicked off with the “T-Broad Shield”- a small schools’ competition hosted at Mounts Bay Academy where Nancledra Primary School came away with the title. The “Diamond Shield” was up next, where Parc Eglos Primary School were victorious followed by the “Girls’ Shield”, which was won by Wadebridge Primary. The final competition was the “Rosewarne Shield”, an open competition between all the participating teams. Eglos Primary School came away with their second title of the festival.

Thursday and Friday rounded off the festival with two new competitions, the “NHS Europa League” and “Duke of Edinburgh Champions League”. This involved the winners of previous competitions fighting for for these new titles. Nancledra Primary won the “Europa League” with Parc Eglos completing the treble, by winning the “Duke of Edinburgh Champions League”.

Overall it is great to see football back with as many children as possible playing football during Schools’ Football Week. A big thank you to all involved in organising the event and the schools involved for making the event so special.