More than 70 sporty students from 11 primary and secondary schools put their best boot forward today (26 June) for the first ever Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) inter-school football tournament.
Teams from ATLP schools in Birmingham, Staffordshire and North Warwickshire competed in a day of unmissable matches in a bid to top the partnership’s very own Premier League.
The eagerly-anticipated tournament, which kicked off at ATLP’s Stockland Green School’s brand new all-weather pitch, resulted in Hill West School lifting the silverware at primary level, with Mere Green School as runners-up. The Coleshill School celebrated a double victory at secondary level, with both the boys’ and the girls’ teams each winning a cup.
Commenting on their 3-2 winning match, the children from Hill West said: “We’re so happy to have won. It’s been a great day meeting all the other children and we can’t wait to play again!”
Pete Bromley, head of PE, at Stockland Green School, said: “Congratulations to everybody who took part in this fantastic event. These students represent the talent that runs through our schools – they were really on their game, which made for a close competition.
“The success of this tournament is testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of our children and young people. They worked together to showcase and develop their skills – not just their sporting prowess – but life goals that we encourage them to aspire to, such as teamwork, resilience and ambition.”
Marie George, headteacher of Stockland Green School, presented the players with their trophies. She said:
It was wonderful to welcome all the schools to Stockland Green again and it was so nice to see our new all-weather pitch being used. These are the days children remember. The ‘extras’ that provide enriching experiences outside of the classroom. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity for student at all our schools.”
The football tournament was planned by Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s student leadership team, a collective of children and young people from across all ATLP schools. The group has organised a number of key events to celebrate the multi-academy trust’s ‘Decade of Difference’ (10 years of school-to-school support) including a computing competition and student conference.
Rebecca Goode, deputy headteacher at Stockland Green School, co-ordinates the student leadership team. She said: “What a day to remember – the atmosphere was incredible. All the players and spectators had the best time and did their schools proud. This was an ambitious event, designed by our young leaders, and I am very proud of their achievements. It’s very important that our children and young people have opportunities to shine and we are looking forward to a diverse calendar of events over the next year.
“This was the first activity to take place on Stockland Green School’s all-weather pitch and we hope it will be home to many a sporting match for use by students, staff and our wider community. We want to give everybody access to these state-of-the-art facilities as part of our health and wellbeing initiatives. Sport is a great way to bring people together and we look forward to celebrating many more great results.”