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Ignite Sport proudly hosted its first football tournament exclusively for students studying alternative provision programmes across the Thames Valley ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
A total of 80 pupils from eight schools and education sites travelled to the RAW Charging Stadium in Marston to play in the tournament which was open to key stage three and four learners.
Chiltern Way (Prestwood and Wendover campus’), Chilworth House Upper, Forest Farm School, OnTrackEducation, Stephenson Academy, Woodeaton Manor School and Ignite Sport all took part.
Games were competitive although a greater emphasis was placed on teamwork, participation and the enjoyment of players who took part. All players received a medal at the end of the day while Chiltern Way’s Wendover campus lifted the tournament’s trophy after winning the final.
Hannah Bladen, Ignite Sport General Manager, said the inaugural tournament was an overwhelming success.
“A significant part of our work at Ignite Sport is to make sport accessible to everyone and break down barriers which may prevent individuals from participating,” said Hannah.
“We see every day the power of sport and its ability to positively impact the personal and academic development of our own alternative provision students, so thought hosting our own dedicated tournament would appeal to other schools across the Thames Valley.
“The response was fantastic and to see so many students work together and achieve great things on the pitch as a team was a real joy. Turning up and taking part is often a great achievement in itself, so we’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the day’s success.”
Shaun Meddenan, PE Teacher at Chiltern Way, added: “Sport is a huge part of our students’ lives and the benefits of playing against other schools stretches way beyond the perimeters of the pitch.
“It’s an opportunity for our students to engage with fellow players who they otherwise would not meet and is great for boosting their confidence and ability to work together as a team.
“Our players were so thrilled to win the tournament and we’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and delivered such a successful and inclusive event.”
Jess Richmond, English Teacher at Forest Farm School, said: “It was a very special day for our pupils and the opportunity and facilities onsite really inspired them.
“Playing opportunities can be quite limited for our pupils, so we are very grateful for the invite and hope to collaborate with Ignite Sport again very soon.”