Local Clubs support Partnership Finals

North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership has strengthened links with two local clubs this Autumn, with Banbury Rugby Club and Banbury United Football Club both hosting and supporting recent Primary School Games Finals.

Eighty Seven Year 3 & 4 children braved the cold on Monday 23rd November for the U9 Large Schools Football Final, hosted by Banbury United Football Club at their home, the Spencer Stadium. Thankfully the pitched remained playable despite the early morning frost, and with hats, gloves and scarfs at the ready the children were keen to play in front of their supporters and keep everyone entertained and distracted from the weather!

10 teams from Christopher Rawlins, Deddington, North Kidlington, Edward Feild, Harriers, Dashwood, Five Acres, Kings Meadow, Fritwell and Bure Park contested the Final competition, with exciting and close group matches played out before Finals and friendlies commenced. Each game was capably and professionally refereed and supported by Young Leaders from The Warriner School.

Christopher Rawlins, Edward Feild, North Kidlington and Kings Meadow conquered their groups and progressed to the semi-finals. Following an extended match between Christopher Rawlins and Edward Field which resulted in penalties to split the teams, it was Christopher Rawlins who found themselves in the Final against North Kidlington. As the sun began to set, and the temperature dropped further, North Kidlington Primary School that emerged victorious to be capped North Oxfordshire U9 Large Schools Football Champions 2015.

Feedback from one team manager summed up the excellent atmosphere during the afternoon. “A brilliant event. Young Leaders were amazing at encouraging all players and were extremely fair. All teams showed respect to all schools, including leaders and students. One of the best tournaments I have been to. Thank you.”

Earlier in the month, the Small Schools Final was held at Sibford School. 5 teams from Sibford, Sibford Gower, Fringford and Wroxton played in the inaugural Small Schools Final, incorporated for the first time in our competition programme.

Following a competitive and enthralling round robin of matches, Sibford Gower finished in 1st place having been undefeated all afternoon. The will be joined at the Oxfordshire School Games Football Finals by Fringford, along with Kings Meadow, Edward Feild, Christopher Rawlins and North Kidlington.

Sadly the rain and wind arrived early at Bodicote Park, home of Banbury Rugby Club, for the North Oxfordshire U11 Tag Rugby Finals! But that didn’t stop the players from enjoying the afternoon’s matches.

Fourteen teams contested the Final, following cluster competitions involving 85 teams from 35 schools in the preceding weeks.

On the field Dr Radcliffe’s, Sibford Gower, Edward Feild, North Kidlington, Cropredy, The Grange, Orchard Fields, St Mary’s, Launton, Glory Farm, Five Acres and Kings Meadow continued to show the skills that got them to the Finals.  After a competitive and entertaining afternoon, Launton were crowned 2015 Champions following a close final game against The Grange.

This year’s Tag Rugby programme has seen 796 ten and eleven year olds playing Tag Rugby, an increase of nearly 160 pupils over the last two years, with 80 Secondary School Young Leaders trained and deployed to support the competitions.

The Chairman’s trophy, organised by Oxfordshire RFU, is planned for May 2016. The competition is open to all schools and for further details, or to enter, please contact Gary Morris – garymorris@rfu.com

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