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200 Students Take On Each Other In MAT Sports Tournament

Students from Tollbar, Cleethorpes, Louth and Somercotes Academies who competed in the Tollbar Multi Academy Trust Netball Tournament, held at Tollbar Academy.

More than 200 students took part in a combined Netball and Football Tournament organised by Tollbar Multi Academy Trust.

It was the second time that all four Secondary Academies - Tollbar, Cleethorpes, Louth and Somercotes - have played against each other and teachers reported "fantastic camaraderie" throughout the event.

The overall winner of the Year 7 Netball Tournament was Tollbar Academy, with Louth Academy taking the runners-up position. The Year 8 Netball Competition was won by Tollbar Academy. The Year 7/8 combined Football Tournament was won by Cleethorpes Academy with Tollbar and Somercotes Academies in second and third place respectively.

The tournament took place at Tollbar Academy. Organiser Amy Gowshall, Curriculum Leader for P.E. at Tollbar Academy, said: "The teamwork and camaraderie on show were second to none, but the resounding highlight of both the Football and the Netball Competitions was that of sportsmanship and fair play. All of the tournaments were played in a great spirit and the students really enjoyed taking part.

"The summer term will bring a return of the MAT Rounders Competition held at Somercotes Academy, and Louth Academy are also hoping to host an Athletics Competition next term."

Simon Blewitt, Curriculum Leader for P.E. at Cleethorpes Academy, said: "KS3 students from Year 7 and Year 8 took part in this sporting event competing in both the Football and Netball Competitions. Both Netball Teams had respectable finishes, finishing in 3rd and 4th place.

"The Year 7 Football Team performed very well overall. However, the Year 8 Football Team were fantastic and won the Football Competition overall, winning five games and drawing one."

Darren Huart, Curriculum Leader for P.E. at Louth Academy, said: "There were some brilliant performances from students at Louth Academy, with many students competing in a tournament of this size for the first time. Louth Year 7 Netball Team is beginning to show a lot of promise, narrowly missing out on top spot to finish second behind the Tollbar Year 7 team. The Year 8 Netball Team finished in 4th, with vastly improving performances throughout the evening.

"The Year 7 and Year 8 Football Teams finished in joint 4th position after playing out a draw against each other in the game between the two sides. The standout moment of the Football Tournament was a brilliant long-range effort, which saw the Year 7 Football Team beat Tollbar 1-0."

Chris Prendergast, Curriculum Leader For P.E. at Somercotes Academy, said: "The Year 8 Football team were ecstatic at their 3rd place finish from 7 teams. They knew they were going to be coming up against some very strong teams in the tournament and went into it with an underdog mentality.

"The team had been practising hard for this tournament in previous games and training sessions and wanted to prove they were a match for Louth, Tollbar and Cleethorpes, and they came out of the tournament showing that they certainly are. This gave them a new lease of confidence and will hopefully push them on to earn some success in the near future.

"Both the Year 7 and Year 8 Netball Teams were excited and keen to impress at the Tollbar MAT Tournament. Although they came up against teams who were stronger, both teams showed great sportsmanship and etiquette throughout the tournament. There was a clear improvement in the game play as the tournament went on and a close last game left the girls with high spirits and an eagerness to impress at the next event."

The triumphant Cleethorpes Academy Year 8 Football Team who won the competition. (Back Row, l-r) Ashton Croucher, Charlie Burden-Whittleton, Harvey Cribb, Matthew Jones, Cadarn Taylor, George Worrall and Sonnie Revell. (Front Row, l-r) James Payling, Jamie Callender, Daniel Callender, Harvey Parker, Kelle McGrath, Sami Charef and Joe Watson.

The winning Tollbar Year 8 Girls Netball 'A' Team. Daisy Kendall, Ava Payne, Scarlett Broadbent, Libby Walton, Niamh Garten, Layla Field and Georgia Blakey.

The victorious Tollbar Year 7 Girls Netball 'A' Team. Poppy Barnbrook, Madeleine Godfrey, Grace Wood, Scarlett-Rose Hutchinson, Libby Munday, Ebony Stephenson, Isabelle Allenby, Olivia Woods and Grace Stephenson.

Louth Academy Year 7 Girls Netball Team, who finished second behind Tollbar Academy. Wiktoria Drzazga, Olivia Dunbar, Sophie Lee, Chloe Cooper, Molly Fenwick, Erica Watson, Mia Thomas, Ruby Fox and Ellie Reed.

Somercotes Academy Year 8 Football Team, who came third. (Back row) Sam Salt, Ben Shaw, Connor Mallabone, Harry Jacklin, Oscar Lo, Abi Coley and Alfie Jackson. (Front row) Henry Kirwin, Reuben Cross, Luke Franks (Captain), Connor Scholes, McKenzie Henderson and Josef Meik.

Tollbar MAT Chairman

Philip Bond

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson OBE, BSc, BA.