Wednesday 21st March: 80 young players made up ten teams at the annual Andover Rural Schoolsâ€™ Football Tournament. Organised in association with Lions in the Community, Shipton Bellinger, Barton Stacey, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Amport, Kimpton, Abbotts Ann, Appleshaw, Hatherden and Clatford Schools came together to enjoy many games of football and play to the Olympic value of Respect. Andover College Year 1 students were also on hand to support the teams, as well as officiate.
All the young players performed brilliantly and are to be congratulated on their Respect and Fair Play. At the end of a very enjoyable afternoon, Barton Stacey were the eventual winners of the cup, with runners-up Hatherden. Plate winners were Abbotts Ann, with a close win over Appleshaw. Kimpton won the Bowl Competition.
Thursday 22nd March: Year 13 students from Sparsholt College arrived early and keen to run the Andover Town Schoolsâ€™ Football Tournament. They had been planning it for the past six months and were looking forward to putting their plans into action. They are to be congratulated on running an excellent and very enjoyable competition.
Twelve teams from local town schools took part: Portway Junior (4 teams), Anton Junior (3 teams), Balksbury Junior (2 teams), St John the Baptist, Whitchurch and Knights Enham Junior.
Congratulations to all teams for their outstanding performances and sportsmanship, but additional congratulations are due to Portway C who won the Respect Award, to Portway A who won the Cup, Portway B who won the Plate and Balksbury A who won the Bowl.
Year 9 and 10 Sports Leaders from Harrow Way also supported the event and, once again, were impressive in their approach, professionalism and leadership.
Year 10: Jordan Simcox, Anthony Wharton, Ashley Mcguire, Jake Williams, Chelsey Renshaw, Abby Wheeler and Brendan Harris.
Year 9: Jenna Barrett, Harry Fitzpatrick, Emma Helsdown, Katie Roche, Rhiannon Jones, Callum Bendall and Adam Fitter.
Cathy Devereux (Lions in the Community) and Rhonda Sturges (Harrow Way SSCo) would like to thank everyone who attended over the two days: players, parents, teachers, Harrow Way students, Sparsholt and Andover College students, Sam Vokes (Sparsholt College), Naomi Wilson (Andover College) and Josh Barnett (LITC coach).