Football tournament is a family affair

Trinity Academy

Sunday, 2nd October 2016

Football tournament is a family affair

STUDENTS put the honour of their houses into the hands of their dads.

STUDENTS put the honour of their houses into the hands of their dads and teachers in a football tournament with a difference.

The grown-ups took on each other in a bid to win house points for their children and pupils' houses at Trinity Academy, in Thorne, with the students watching from the sidelines.

The competition, organised by house coordinator Karen Taylor, was the first time that dads and academy staff had represented the houses of Poets, Shepherds and Kings at football.

And with the final points tally contributing towards the fiercely contested House Cup at the end of the academic year, the dads knew house pride was at stake.

Sophie Jeeves, 11, of Thorne, whose dad Luke was playing for Kings house, said: "I think he's good at football so I asked him if he would play. I'm proud of him and he nearly scored."

Garrie Hodges, dad of Amy Hodges, 14, of Moorends, is more used to competing in major obstacle races and has qualified for the world championships in Canada next month.

Amy, who is in Poets house, said: "He used to play football so I just asked him to turn up and play."

Taylor Dimaline's dad Carl, of Thorne, and Andy Beaglehole, dad of Oliver, from Fishlake, also lined up for Poets in the tournament, held in the academy sports hall.

Mrs Taylor said: "It was great to see parents and staff competing together. It helps them get to know each other in a social setting and it also adds an extra dimension to our house competitions."

At the end of three matches, Poets came out on top with a win and a draw.