U9 Inter Schools Football Tournament (Sythwood Primary School, Horsell, Woking)
Annual U9 football tournament organised and hosted by St. Andrew's School for up to five local state schools. In 2016 the following schools attended: Barnsbury Primary, New Haw Community, West Byfleet Junior and Sythwood Primary. 36 children attended in 2016. In 2017 the following schools attended: Goldsworth Primary, Sythwood Primary, West Byfleet Junior School, Horsell Junior School, Barnsbury Primary. 45 children attended in 2017. In 2018 the following schools attended: Goldsworth Primary, Sythwood Primary, Horsell Junior School, Barnsbury Primary and New Haw Community.
To share our facilities and give local schools the opportunity to participate in a tournament. We identified that there were no other local tournaments involving partnership between the state and independent sector in our area. The immediate beneficiaries were the children, staff and parents from the invited schools.
A need was identified by the Senior Leadership Team in 2012 when St. Andrew's opened a new all-weather surface and wanted to share the faciliities with the local community.
The following resources are used to co-ordinate the event:
Admin time - 10 hours
3 x sports staff on the day for 4 hours (each)
Catering staff x 3 (including serving) - 4 hours
Cost of food for the tea
Ordering and cost of trophies and medals including engraving:
Ordering and printing of programmes for the event.
An email is sent out after the event annually asking for feedback. This feedback is incorporated into the planning for the following year. Over the past 4 years, only one school has dropped out and that was due to resource issues. Feedback has always been incredibly positive both during the event and after. The children have a lot of fun and gain a lot from meeting children from other schools whilst enjoying the facilities at St. Andrew's.
Example feedback: Goldsworth School 'Awesome tournament Jo. Thanks muchly for arranging. My boys will be on cloud nine for at least a week now.'
9 boys aged 8/9 were involved from St. Andrew's as players on one team and 45 children from the other five schools (2017).
This is an ongoing annual event that is set to continue in future years.