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Inter Schools Sports Programme Tournament

  • 09 January 2014 14:49
  • Posted by @mcfc

On Wednesday December 11, City in the Community’s School Sports Programme hosted its first Inter School Tournament.

The event was held at the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre, at the back drop of the Etihad Stadium and home to CITC.

The venue and its top class facilities provided a great setting for the tournament and a chance for participants to visit the stadium.

Temple Primary, Ravensbury Community, Sandilands Primary, St Augustines, St John Fisher Thomas More were just a few of the schools that participated on the day, with some schools bringing up to four teams.

The tournament was split into two sections - the first was a Year 3 and 4 fun festival competition. No matter where the schools finished in their group or the score in their games, all players were rewarded for their hard work and effort by taking a trophy back to their school.

All the children left with massive smiles on their faces and were very keen to compete again. This festival was a chance to play competitive matches with an emphasis on fun not winning.

In the afternoon, the year 5 and 6 pupils had an opportunity to play in a fast, fun and very competitive tournament.

It was very closely fought and ended with Higher Openshaw playing Ashbury Meadows in the final league game and the decider for the league winners.

The final match was a very tight encounter and played with great intensity, with Higher Openshaw the eventual victors. All schools received a trophy for taking part and the day was well received by participants and staff alike. 

Lucy Thomas, Head teacher at Ashbury Meadows Primary School, said: "The programme has already had a positive impact on the behaviour of pupils within school.

"Pupil's self-esteem has been raised and this has impacted on their learning and achievement within class.

"Within a short space of time social and team building skills have been used which have resulted in our newly formed football team coming runners up in the tournament.

"All pupils and their teachers have learnt key skills and pupils have become more competent in playing a sport, whilst the teachers feel more confident and able to teach the necessary skills."

Schools Sports Co-ordinator Stephen Everall said: "The tournament was fantastic; it was played in great spirit. The pupils put on some great performance and all played with smiles on their faces.

"We are very lucky to work with some brilliant schools that support the development of competition and sport. Today all the children took away a prize and I think they will have had a wonderful time."

The School Sport programme is a high quality series of bespoke programmes that meet individual needs and requirements of Primary Schools in Manchester and Funded by the Premier League for the next three years.

For more information regarding the Schools Sports Programme please contact Stephen Everall on 01614387844 or email


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