Wednesday 11th March saw children from 10 primary schools take part in the first ever ATSA KS2 Mini Water Polo Festival at the Pelican Centre in Tyldesley.
Over 90 children from St. George's Central, St. Philip's, Holy Family, St. Michael's, Garrett Hall, St. Richard's, Tyldesley Primary, St. Ambrose Barlow, St. Stephen's and St. John's all took part in five minute matches against other teams in their group.
Matches between the two groups were rotated between the shallow and the deep end of the pool. The top two schools in each group met in semi final matches. This meant extra matches for Holy Family who played Garrett Hall in semi final 1 and St. Richard's who played St. George's Central in semi final 2. Both matches were highly competitive and as the final whistles sounded, it was the teams from St. Richard's and Garett Hall who qualified for the final.
In an exciting final match, St. Richard's took an early lead but were soon pegged back by Garrett Hall. The score was soon all square at 2-2, however, in the final stages, Garrett Hall took control and went on to win the match 4-2 and were crowned the first ever ATSA KS2 Mini Water Polo Champions.
I would like to thank Miss N Stothard (Pelican Centre) and her staff for not only helping to organise this event but for also providing expert support during the afternoon. Special thanks to SwimNorthWest, who sponsored this event, and Tyldesley Swimming and Water Polo Club. Without their help the festival would not have been the success that it was.
Thanks also to Joanne Mountfield (SwimNorthWest Water Polo Manager) who was on hand to present the awards to all the schools at the end.
A special mention should also be given to all the spectators who gave up their afternoon to come along and support this event - they managed to create a superb atmosphere which helped to motivate the children to do their best for their team.
The picture shows the winning Garrett Hall team with their trophy, medals and winning certificate.
Mr M Grogan
Headteacher at St. George's Central
Lead teacher for Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA)