School sport: Newham pupils enjoy playing at London Stadium
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 May 2017
Local youngsters enjoy Lycamobile Cup final experience.
Pupils from Chobham Academy, Eastlea Community School, Langdon Academy and St Bonaventure’s got the chance to play at the London Stadium Community Track and take a tour round the West Ham United’s ground on Saturday.
Chobham Academy’s year nines were the most successful as they fell just short of winning their division to Essex-based school Great Baddow.
The runners-up were run close by Eastlea, who finished in third place, but the borough’s year seven teams struggled in their division and finished in the bottom half of the six-a-side tournament.
Chobham PE teacher Demi Carter said: “It was a wonderful day, obviously just really nice being with the schools, there was a really nice spirit and West Ham organised it really well.
“We put on a really good performance, obviously we were runners-up, but it was really close at the end, the last game was like a final to us, unfortunately we lost 2-0.
“It was a strong performance, we had lots of opportunities to score, but we didn’t always take them.”
Eastlea PE teacher Robert Amitt added: “It was a great experience playing against all the schools from different areas.
“It was well organised, the hospitality was good, they provided food and it was a great day all-round.
“The year sevens not so good, they finished eighth, but the year nines done very well and got very close to winning it and finished third.”
The competition is a youth football tournament that involves 84 teams from local secondary schools competing in a series of events over the course of the season.
West Ham United Foundation chief executive Joe Lyons said: “It’s been fantastic to see the tournament grow over the last four years, with over 80 schools from across East London now competing in the Cup.
“The quality of football on show throughout the tournament and in today’s final has been a pleasure to watch.
“To have the finals at the London Stadium is also a wonderful moment for the children, and one that I’m sure they’ll remember for a while.
“The tournament itself would not have been possible were it not for the fantastic partnership we have with Lycamobile.”
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