Coaching students host annual Somerset Schools Football Tournament - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Throughout January, students studying the Level 2 Coaching in Community Settlings course at Bridgwater College hosted the annual Somerset schools football tournament for Under 11 boys and girls.

Teams from across the county attended the tournament with the winners going on to compete in the South West Regional Tournament which is taking place at Kenysham. The winners of the Regional Tournament will then progress through to the Nationals.

Winners of the Large School category, High Down Junior School, from Portishead who beat Bishop Henderson School 2 – 0 in the final.

Students studying the Prodec course helped run the tournament by refereeing the games, scoring the games and assisted PE teachers with coaching the teams. One of the students, Reegan Scotcher from Wellington said,

“I really enjoyed taking part in the tournaments. I was able to work in an environment where I didn’t know the players or coaches which helped me develop my coaching skills and made me think of new ways of working with people. I was also able to perfect my refereeing skills and gain experience in this area.”

Winners of the Small School category, Keinton Mandeville Primary School, Keinton Mandeville who beat Ashcott Primary School 3 – 1 after extra time in the final.

The event was organised by SASP School Games Organiser Steve Gass and ran in partnership with Bridgwater College and the Somerset FA. Steve said,

“Bridgwater College and their sports students supported each of the three events, either as an official, coach or event staff. The students were fantastic, each took to their role with professionalism and ensured the day was one to remember for the 36 schools who took part over the three dates. Congratulations to High Down and Keinton Mandeville schools who were the winners of their competition categories.”

Winners of the Girls category, High Down Junior School, from Portishead who beat Tatworth Primary School in a penalty shootout in the final.

Bendan Dix, Somerset FA County Development Manager said,

“Somerset FA would like to congratulate Bridgwater College’s Young Leaders for supporting Somerset Schools FA’s ‘County Finals’ in January 2015, which was ran by Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership. Each ‘Leader’ played a valuable part on the day and contributed considerably to ensure the day was a huge success.

“With over 360 children involved the ‘Leaders’ organisation, co-ordination and pre-competition preparation was highly commendable and ensured general logistics (Pitch arrangement, competition guidelines, risk assessments, health and safety, and fixtures) on the day were clear and concise for all teams participating.

“All leaders looked professional and performed professionally on the day, with no task ever being too much. Each individual was a credit to themselves and a credit to Bridgwater College.”

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