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County champions Claypole Church of England Primary School reach regional finals




County champions Claypole Church of England Primary School finished the football season with fighting spirit at the regional finals.

Having won the south-west county finals in Skegness, the school looked forward to the regionals ­— a stage they had never reached before.

“The team had been training for this once a week after school but had played football through lunch time in preparation,” said Mr Martyn Wells, the school’s headteacher.

LtoR (back) William Ebert, 11, Theo Thompson, 11, Lucas Marlow, 11, Luca Bannister, 11 and Louie Shaw, 10. Front: Charlie Greensmith, 9, Ulus Hussein, 10, George Summerfield, 10, Ted Henderson, 11 and Elliot Ward, 9. 050419DC2-2.JPG.
LtoR (back) William Ebert, 11, Theo Thompson, 11, Lucas Marlow, 11, Luca Bannister, 11 and Louie Shaw, 10. Front: Charlie Greensmith, 9, Ulus Hussein, 10, George Summerfield, 10, Ted Henderson, 11 and Elliot Ward, 9. 050419DC2-2.JPG.

“We take sports quite seriously. We look at when the event is and work backwards.

“We want the children to be the best they can possibly be, both in sports and academically.”

Claypole had the majority of the possession in their matches, but fell short.

“They needed one more goal to qualify in second place on goal difference, but in our final match we won 2-0, instead of 3-0,” said Mr Wells.

“We played well considering the school had never reached this stage and to only lose two matches at the regionals is a very good achievement.

“We went unbeaten for 15 matches before the regionals and had scored 24 goals without conceding.”

The team was made up mostly of year six pupils, but had two year five’s and one year four.


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