ESA YEAR 3 and 4 Football Tournament
On the 21st of April, Tower Road ventured off to a football tournament held at Pinchbeck football club, organised and hosted by the Elite Sports Academy (ESA) which is a well-known sports coaching company around Spalding and Peterborough area. The Tournament involved 16 different teams, split into 4 groups. The structure of the tournament meant that the 2 top teams, from the groups, would qualify for the ‘Gold cup’ and the bottom 2 teams would qualify for the ‘Silver cup’ all to be played in the afternoon, following on from the group stages played in the morning.
Both Tower Road teams were off to a flyer in their opening group games, with Tower Road ‘A’ team beating St Bartholomews 4-0 and Tower Road ‘B’ team beating Surfleet Primary school 1-0. The Tower Road ‘A’ team kicked off their second game with an even more impressive performance beating Cowbit St Mary’s 8-0. The Tower road ‘B’ team came up against stiff competition from Sutton Bridge Westmere Primary school, and was held to a 0-0 draw. The final group game for Tower Road ‘A’ was up against Whaplode Primary which they also beat 3-0 giving the Tower Road ‘A’ team an impressive 100% record and still yet to concede a goal in open play.
The Tower Road ‘B’ team came up against one of the tournament’s favourites, Pinchbeck Primary School, which despite a great team performance, they lost 1-0. The children then broke up for a lunch break.
Following the morning group games, both Tower Road teams qualified for the ‘Gold cup’. However, the draw for the quarter finals was not kind to the Tower Road teams as they both faced the eventual two finalists of the tournament. Tower Road ‘A’ were to come up against Gunthorpe Primary School, and Tower Road ‘B’ came up against (the eventual winners) Baston Primary school. The Tower Road ‘A’ team were beaten in a cruel sudden death penalty shoot-out and the Tower Road ‘B’ team were beaten by a narrow 1-0 defeat.
Despite both teams losing in the quarter finals, the children were still full of excitement on the way home as they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They had had a smile on their faces from the start to the finish of the tournament!
Our huge thank you goes out to the Elite Sports Academy, as the tournament was extremely well organised, as well as to all the coaches who provided support and enthusiasm for all the children, making it as enjoyable as possible. Thank you also to all the parents who came and supported the tournament.