Photo caption: Matt Kirk from MFC Foundation, PCC Barry Coppinger and pupils from Caldicotes Primary School
Yesterday, Wednesday 11th July, 15 schools from across Cleveland competed in a junior football tournament in partnership with Cleveland Police and Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation.
After a competitive day of football, the winner of the tournament was finally announced yesterday afternoon and Caldicotes Primary Academy School in Middlesbrough (playing as Poland) came out on top and won the trophy.
The runners up were Teesville Primary School in Normanby (playing as Spain). The aim of the tournament was to bring young people from across Cleveland together to celebrate the diversity of the World Cup, regardless of their age, gender, social background or economic status.
Speaking of the tournament, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Yesterday was a great success and an excellent way to bring children from 15 schools from Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar together. The World Cup is such an exciting event and a good opportunity to break down barriers between young people and the police.
“I would particularly like to thank all the schools who got involved in the tournament and to congratulate the winning team who fully deserved to win the trophy and the runners up also did a great job. I would also like to thank School Liaison Officers, PCSO’s Geoffrey Illingworth, Lindsey Blackburn and Eric Barrett and MFC Foundation who organised the event and look forward to the next one.”
Liam Watson, MFC Foundation Premier League Kicks Lead said: “It was our pleasure to help support such a fantastic initiative put on by our partners at Cleveland Police. Especially with the World Cup currently taking place, this is an excellent opportunity to give young children the chance to be active, take part in sport and keep healthy. We are delighted to see that the tournament was a success, and are always happy to lend our support to great events like this.”
The tournament was held at Southlands Leisure Centre in Middlesbrough who were also a sponsor and it was also kindly sponsored by Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, Unison, Teesside & Cleveland Trophies and Morrison’s.
Each team was made up of five players plus two substitutes and the teams were solely boys or girls or a mixture of both. Following the tournament, a presentation was held to present medals and trophies.
Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018