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Footie mad children enjoy competition

Date: 29/09/2008           Category: Events

Captions: Fairview Community Primary School winning team (white and yellow shirts) Horsted Junior School (yellow and black kit) The new-look Medway Games programme kicked off in style with more than 250 pupils taking part in the boys’ football tournament. The first event of the 2008/09 Mini Youth Games series was held at Kicks Soccer Centre in Strood on Thursday, 25 September and featured 36 teams. In an action-packed day of sporting competition, each school played five group matches. From there, the top 16 went into a league to decide the overall winners while the other 20 played each other in a participation group. After a succession of closely-contested matches, it was Fairview Community Primary School in Gillingham who eventually took the winners’ title. The team from King’s School in Rochester finished in second place, while Featherby Junior School, Gillingham, were third and Park Wood Junior School, Gillingham, finished fourth. The fair play award, which recognises the respect shown by players to each other and the match officials, was presented to the team from Horsted Junior School, Chatham, while Woodlands Primary School in Gillingham was the best-placed small school. Chatham Town FC coach Kenny Anderson presented the medals, prizes and certificates at the end of the tournament. Medway Council sports development officer John Hatchett said: “It was an excellent day with some great football skills displayed and some close games to watch. “There was a very friendly atmosphere and schools participated in a co-operative spirit of competition.” He added: “The day would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the numerous volunteer umpires, who gave up their time to help and support event.” The next event is hockey on 1 October 2008 at Holcombe Hockey Club. For more information on getting involved with the Mini Youth Games programme contact the Sports Development Team on 01634 338761. If your children are looking to join a football team, find out more information about local clubs on our new online directory on the sports development pages of www.medway.gov.uk/london2012. The Medway Messenger Mini Youth Games is a multi-sport programme of events held throughout the school year for all Medway primary schools. It forms part of the Medway Games programme organised by Medway Council’s Sports Development Team. Prizes are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the over Mini Youth Games title.