Friendship through football

Lionel Messi and company may not have been in sight, but that didn’t stop
Chapel End Primary School, Billinge celebrating after beating a team from Barcelona
in the final of an international football tournament.
Organised by Chapel End Year 3 teacher, Brian Montrose, the annual Year’s 5 and 6 tournament – held at Chapel End – saw two teams from the hosts, a team from nearby St Aidan’s Primary School and two teams from Barcelona based Oak House battle it out in the 7- a side tournament.
Billinge could have easily been mistaken for Catalonia on what was a beautiful day for football, with plenty of samba skills and tiki-taka football shown by all the teams involved, but it was Chapel End who was left celebrating after overcoming Oak House 3-1 in the final to lift the trophy.
Brian, who came up with the idea of running the tournament together with university pal, Andy Richards, a teacher at Oak House, was full of praise for all who took part.
“The children had loads of fun. It’s not very often the English triumph over a Spanish team in football, but on a serious note, the most important aspect of running this tournament is highlighting the importance of friendship through football”.

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