Our U11 footballers enjoyed the national football centre’s incredible facilities on a great day at the Independent Schools FA seven-a-side finals.
Despite results not going our boys’ way, the team relished the experience of playing at the state-of-the-art St George’s Park which is used by all of England’s national squads.
Struggling against blustery conditions, all of the team can be proud of their efforts and for being so sporting in defeat.
- lost 2-0 to Great Walstead School
- drew 1-1 with Cumnor House School
- drew 0-0 with Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol
- lost 2-0 to eventual winners Whitgift School
- drew 1-1 with Prestfelde Preparatory
Route to the finals
The boys qualified for the finals after they finished second in the north-west tournament back in March.
They beat King’s Chester, Westholme and Rossall in the group stage before a semi-final victory over Bury and a narrow final defeat to Bolton.
The team have lifted two trophies this year after winning the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) north-west tournament and sharing the King’s Macclesfield seven-a-side shield.
A brilliant defensive performance saw our boys beat Manchester Grammar 2-0 to win the IAPS cup in October, while they finished as joint-winners of September’s King’s Macclesfield tournament after extra-time couldn’t separate the boys and King’s Chester in a goalless final.
Senior squads visit St George’s Park
Our senior squads also visited St George’s Park earlier in the year for a day of training with FA coaches.
Our U15s, U14s, U13s and U12s squads all enjoyed a tour of the centre and learned more about sports science, rehabilitation, the principles of training and how they are applied in an elite sporting environment.