Football crazy kids!

Sherwood Primary with Fulwood mascot Woody
Sherwood Primary with Fulwood mascot Woody
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Local primary school children got the chance to show off their football skills in a competition staged at Fulwood Academy.

Fourteen teams from eight schools competed in the Sir Charles Dunstone tournament.

They were divided into groups to start with, the tournament then entering into a knockout phase.

It was Sherwood Primary School who emerged as winners, beating Longsands Primary in the final.

Peter Ridsdale, advisor to Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings, was on hand to present the trophies.

He was joined by PNE mascot Deepdale Duck to help the day go with a swing.

It was the second year which the five-a-side tournament had been held by the Black Bull Lane-based school.

Alison Ellis, academy manager at Fulwood, said: “It was a very successful day and all the children enjoyed themselves.

“We had primary schools competing from the local community and the standard of football was excellent, played in a good spirit.

“The children had hotdogs, burgers and ice lollies at the end, with every child getting a medal.

“The trophy for the winning school was donated by our sponsor Sir Charles Dunstone.

“We started at 9.10 in the morning and finished at 3pm, with the matches taking place on four pitches.

“The weather was kind to us and we had a lot of parents down watching, which was great.

“As a school, we are very keen to be involved heavily in the local community. Our sports facilities and academy facilities are available to use.”

The schools taking part were Sherwood, Longsands, Fulwood and Cadley, Roebuck, Cottam, Grange, Catforth and Greenlands.