Rupert House School hosted their annual Football Festival on Friday. It took place at the school’s playing fields with year 2 pupils from 9 local primary and preparatory schools taking part. These were Badgemore Primary, Caversham Preparatory, Danesfield, Nettlebed Primary, Sacred Heart, St Mary’s, Trinity C of E Primary and Valley Road.
The festival was organised in association with First Soccer, an organisation enabling children of any level from 2 to 12 years old across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire to develop their football skills, make friends and have fun. Each year 2 team played several matches, with a strong emphasis being on participation.
After the knockout rounds, the best teams progressed to the final matches, which saw Danesfield win the A team tournament and Badgemore Primary win the B team tournament.
Despite a significant downpour of rain, the presentations took place with certificates awarded to every child from each participating school, along with medals and a trophy to the winning teams.
A Fair Play trophy, given to the school which showed good sportsmanship and fair play throughout the tournament, was awarded to Trinity C of E Primary.
Parents were invited to spectate and support, with refreshments available in the Pavilion throughout the afternoon.
Mandy Nicholson, Head of Physical Education at Rupert House, said about the day “as a centrally located town school, we are fortunate to have the facilities to be able to host this tournament which has become something of a firm favourite for our under 7 boys and girls. It is a fantastic opportunity to get children from around the community together to compete in a fun and safe environment and to instil the valuable skills of sport and good sportsmanship. My thanks to First Soccer, all the schools who participated and my congratulations to the winners. We are already looking forward to next year.”