School pupils are on the ball

Primary schools football Lealholm battle Danby who strike out.Picture Richard Ponter 124012d

Primary schools football Lealholm battle Danby who strike out.Picture Richard Ponter 124012d

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YEARS five and six students from 14 different primary schools took part in a seven-a-side football tournament at Eskdale School, which showcased many of the talents from the Whitby district.

The weather proved challenging throughout the afternoon but it didn’t manage to wipe the smiles off the players faces.

It was a day when it would not rain but would drizzle just enough to be a nuisance to supporters but players were unfazed and were determined to carry on regardless. Every team put in their best efforts in and some fantastic football was played.

The 14 schools who took part were – Lealholm, Danby, Glaisdale, St Hilda’s, Castleton, Egton, Fylingdales, Sleights, Lythe, Seton, Airy Hill, Stakesby, East Whitby and West Cliff.

Lealholm and St Hilda’s were joint second in the small schools while Danby were the winners.

Sleights won the medium schools’ section with Fylingdales second, while in the large schools, Stakesby were triumphant with Airy Hill second.

Danby, Sleights, Stakesby and Airy Hill advance through from the event to play the Ryedale schools at Eskdale in two weeks’ time.

As always in the primary school events, the football was excellent, the sportsmanship brilliant and the behaviour fantastic.

Everybody had their highlights of the afternoon.

A big thank you to all primary school staff and all well-behaved players.

Also, thank you to Eskdale PE staff without whom the event would not go ahead and the sports leaders, who did a number of jobs including refereeing and team managing, and to Caroline Watson, who organised the event.

By Kane Harland, year 9 sports leader Eskdale School

More pictures in Friday’s Whitby Gazette