After an amazing day at the King Power stadium at Leicester City, Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School have been crowned national football champions!
Just to get to the national finals, Barkston Ash had to progress through three separate tournaments, including the North of England finals in Newcastle in March. The standard of football was incredibly high with regional winners throughout England competing in the prestigious tournament. Cheered on by a coach full of pupils, ex-pupils, staff, parents and governors, the team won their group after drawing one game 0-0 and winning the other two matches 3-0 to qualify for the semi-final. The semi-final was against Caythorpe Primary, the champions of Lincolnshire. Goals from Sam Luke (2) and Josh Falk gave Barkston a 3-0 win and a place in the final. The final against Kilham was a very tight affair and even after extra time, there was no separating the teams. It came down to penalties and goalkeeper Jack Dale saved the final penalty to give Barkston a 3-2 victory and make the team national champions.
Ex Liverpool and England player John Scales, presented captain Oli Stables with the trophy and he was also given a special Fair Play award after the FA panel awarded him Sportsman of the Tournament for his high standards of sportsmanship. The FA and Danone are now organising for an open-top bus parade of the local area so the school can celebrate their achievements.
Team Captain Oli Stables: “After competing in three tournaments to even get to the finals, it was a brilliant opportunity for the team to go to the King Power stadium and compete in the national finals. To actually win it was mind blowing. It will always be something to remember and to never forget. I would like to say a big thank you to all of the team for giving it their all, Mr Power for all the coaching and training sessions and our supporters for cheering us on. We can’t wait for the open top bus ride!”
Manager and Headteacher Chris Power said, “It was an amazing day. The whole school community, parents, governors, staff, ex-pupils and current pupils were out in force to support the team. The boys were absolutely fantastic. They couldn’t have given anything more and played some amazing football, thoroughly deserving the win. As well as being very talented sportsman, they also have a wonderful attitude and show high levels of sportsmanship at all time. They are a credit to the whole school and everyone is very proud of them. We have very limited space to practise but make sure that we still take part in lots of different sports, participation throughout the school is very high.
To become national champions is a tremendous achievement and something neither we or they will ever forget”