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Football tournaments show the benefits of cohesion

Posted on 13th July 2018

Two football tournaments have brought young people together from across Derby to celebrate a shared love of the beautiful game.

Teams from Firs Primary School, Ashgate Primary School, The Bemrose School, Pear Tree Primary School, Derby Moor Community Sports College, Merrill Academy and Derbyshire police cadets took part in the inaugural Cohesion Cup at Power League in Pride Park.

Cheered on Derby County mascot Rammie, the six-aside tournament saw fantastic goals, athletic saves and a huge amount of fun for more than 100 children.

After a hard fought series of games, split between primary and secondary age children, the winners were announced and presented their prizes by Deputy Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Frank Harwood and Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa.

Taking the runner-up trophy for the Year 6 and below competition were the team from The Bemrose School and the winners were the squad from Pear Tree Primary School.

Coming a close second place in the senior cup were The Bemrose School once again with Derby Moor Community Sports College taking first place.

The tournament was organised by Derbyshire police, Derby City Council, Derby County Community Trust and Derby County Football Club.

Inspector Rich Keene, community safety and partnership lead for Derby, said: “I would like to thank each and every player who took part in the inaugural Cohesion Cup.

“Football has the ability to bring people together – no matter their age, race or gender – and this tournament showed just that.

“All the teams played in a great spirit and there are clearly some very talented players, we could have the next Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Jordan Pickford in our midst!

“And hopefully the level of skill on display at our cup will be matched by the team out in Russia tonight.”

Across the city, at Merrill Academy, more than 90 pupils from Osmaston Primary, Alvaston Primary, Allenton Primary, Landau Forte Academy Moorhead, Oakwood Junior School and Lakeside Community Primary School.  

The teams battled it out for an overall winner’s trophy and a Sportsmanship Award. The eventual winners of the competition were Oakwood Junior School with Osmaston Primary commended for their sportsmanship.

PCSO Robert Webb, who helped organise the event, said: “We had a fantastic event which was enjoyed by all those that attended. I would like to thank all the children and members of staff that helped make the day such a success.”

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