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School Sport: Double delight for Fairlop

Fairlop Primary School's netball team celebrate their success (pic: Isabel Infantes) Fairlop Primary School's netball team celebrate their success (pic: Isabel Infantes)

Tom Wellman
Thursday, March 20, 2014
2:32 PM

Pupils win primary tournaments

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Fairlop Primary School's tag rugby team won a Mini Games event at Wanstead (pic: Isabel Infantes)Fairlop Primary School's tag rugby team won a Mini Games event at Wanstead (pic: Isabel Infantes)

Fairlop Primary School had two reasons to celebrate after their netball and rugby teams enjoyed success in recent tournaments.

The netball team won a competition at Bancroft’s Preparatory School in Woodford Green while the rugby side won every game they played in a mini-tournament in Wanstead.

Fairlop PE teacher Christine Ironside was delighted with the winning teams, revealing their early morning training had paid off.

“They are always so keen,” Ironside said. “We have been running sessions from 8-9am and it has been lovely to see them have fun.

“We have a number of children, especially the girls, who are now looking to join clubs outside of school which is fantastic.”

The rugby team excelled in particular, coming first out of 20 teams, and will now represent Redbridge at the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace next month. The team, comprised of year five and six pupils, won all three of their group games before defeating St Anthony’s (8-3) in the semi-final and Oakdale Infants 12-11 after extra-time in a thrilling final.

“We are so proud of them. It is brilliant to see them gel and play so nicely together. It is about enjoying sport so winning a medal is just a bonus.”

The year six netball squad topped a group including Bancroft’s B, Oaklands, Churchfields and Eastcourt to reach the final round.

And they were crowned champions on goals scored, after a three-way tie with Woodford Green Prep and Bancroft’s A.

Teacher Deborah Bailey said: “Most of them are in their third year in the team, but others are in their first year, and they have done really well.

“They’re also unbeaten in the Redbridge League, with one game left, and if they beat St Joseph’s they will win the title.”

Fairlop also fielded a B team, made up of year four and five pupils, and they gave their all to gain vital experience.

No doubt helped by their recent success, Fairlop Primary has been given a special award by the Youth Sport Trust for maximising PE and sport outcomes for young people.

“We received the Gold Award,” Ironside added. “There are three levels to it, with Gold being the highest, and we got it.

“Only 85 out of the 2,500 schools who applied were given the status and we are one of them. It is all about how we encourage children to get into sport.”

Rugby squad: Luke Richardson, Harry Turner, Callum McEvoy, Ben Nash, Callum Glanville, Brandon Smith, Tim Boyzile, Billy Brown, Max Cottrell, Charlie-George Tremayne, Miya Sehangera, Lucy Eustace, Jodie Verghese, Nimra Wardag.

Netball A: Zoe Barker, Kyra Boyce, Stecie Payen, Isabel Barry, Amy Poyntz, Mynaa Subendran, Katie Temperley, Jodie Verghese, Ermidiana Jonuzi.

Netball B: Adea Selmani, Anisha Sumal, Imaan Chaudhry, Laila Delkenchir-Davey, Maleeha Mughal, Kelise King, Katelynn Chong, Isabel Lennox, Remi Raymond, Poppy Freeman.

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