Friday 29 May 2015

Football League Champions

After a long gruelling football season, Broadford Primary have been confirmed as the Harold Hill League champions for the first time in over 10 years!

The league was very tight, with the result not decided until a final top of the table clash between Pyrgo Priory and Broadford. With Broadford managing to edge that game, no one else was able to deny them the trophy.

This season is the culmination of four years reestablishing a sporting culture at the school. For a long time Broadford didn't have a football team. In 2011, once Mr Drakes was appointed as Headteacher, it was one of the first things to be bought back. Mr Portway was also appointed as coach.

"Sport, and particularly football, is such a great motivator for children. It gives them a meaningful way to find out about leadership, teamwork and perseverance. To start with it was hard. Defeats as like 7-0 or 11-0 really hurt... but the boys kept bouncing back. After finishing bottom, third second and now first the children have shown that they can learn from every game and make improvements for the next match!"
Mr Drakes - Headteacher

"I remember coming on as a sub in the matches where we were getting beaten quite heavily. However the coaching from Mr Portway has really helped us and now we don't fear playing anyone. We were all nervous in the Pyrgo game, but we worked hard, passed well and took our chances. We are so proud to win the trophy for the school!"
Kailen Davey - Year 6 aged 11

At Broadford there is now a specialist PE teacher (Miss Cook), a sports coach (Mr Portway) and a soon to appointed gymnastics teacher (Miss Poulter). As a consequence the quality of teaching and the children's performances have significantly improved over the last four years.

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