King's Hawford

6 May

U11 Football team reach ISFA National Finals

Spirits were stratospheric on Tuesday morning as a squad of ten Year 6 football players boarded the minibus bound for St George’s Park in Burton, Staffordshire. Having become Regional Champions last term, these excited, if slightly nervous boys were preparing to play in the ISFA National Finals.
There is no doubt that the sense of excitement amongst the boys (and staff, including Mrs Phillips, who swapped her stilettos for trainers to support the team) was heightened, given that the competition was played at St George’s Park, the home of the England national team. Walking in the footsteps of their heroes was an incredible experience for the boys.
Relishing the opportunity to play on one of fourteen, world-class 3G pitches, which regularly play host to England teams and their international counterparts, the tournament started with two very difficult fixtures in which the King’s Hawford boys played some tidy football despite not getting the rub of the green, picking up one point thanks to a superb finish by James R. Playing in such surroundings would be a daunting prospect for any eleven year old, but the King’s Hawford pupils took it all in their stride.
The remaining three matches followed a similar pattern to that of the first two, with the King’s Hawford boys showing impressive resilience and determination against very challenging opponents.  The hard work and focus paid off as the team experienced their first win of the day, courtesy of an outstanding strike into the top corner from Joe F, followed by a calm finish by Bertie D.
Supported by a strong side-line of staff, parents and grandparents, the boys demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the day and enjoyed the challenge of testing themselves on the national stage. The boys should be extremely proud of all that they have achieved throughout the competition; the King’s Hawford community is extremely proud of you. Well done boys!