Newton Abbot College’s Physical Education Department is celebrating following the success of the inaugural Street Futsal Festival, held on 1 March in Newton Abbot Leisure Centre organised by the College’s Football Academy provider, Saints Southwest.
The Festival, open to Year 3 and 4 pupils from primary schools across South Devon, hosted teams from Canada Hill, Ipplepen, Kingskerswell, Marldon, St Catherine’s and Wolborough.
Teams were divided into two groups stages, competing against each other in 5 minute matches. The winners from each group then played in a Grand Final to determine the overall winner. In a nail-biting climax, Canada Hill beat St Catherine’s 2-1; the winning goal being scored on the last strike of the game.
Freddie, from Canada Hill Primary School, really enjoyed the event: “The day has been really good fun. The students make us feel like we are members of the College and we have had a great competition!”
Teacher, Dale Sanders, from Kingskerswell Church of England Primary School was equally impressed with the day: “The Festival has given the children a great opportunity to develop skills in a fun environment. Newton Abbot College’s students have been really helpful, encouraging fair play, sportsmanship and fun. The day has focused on skill rather than winning or losing, which has been fantastic. We can’t wait to come back next year!”
Saints Southwest’s Mark Titchard said of the event: “The Festival gave pupils the chance to experience the surroundings of a secondary education environment, interact with the College’s Saints Southwest Sixth Form students and play some fantastic, friendly sport. Saints Southwest and Newton Abbot College believe in encouraging pupils to have a great attitude to learning and we help them be the best they can be. Both were in evidence today and we are looking forward to the next event; hopefully tournaments for Years 2, 5 and 6 in the summer term.”