ST MARTIN'S HOST SUCCESSFUL FESTIVALS
St Martin’s School in Northwood hosted their annual ISFA football festival’s during September. St Martin’s staff were joined by coaches from the F.A to deliver coaching sessions to over 150 children over the three events. We were pleased to welcome Reddiford, York House, St Anthony’s Arnold House, Aldenham and Westbrook Hay to St Martin’s. The Under 8 and 9s festivals included a series of coaching sessions, followed by a chance for the boys to play each other in friendly games. The spirit of just enjoying playing football with no pressure of winning was evident throughout both festivals. Each player received a medal to celebrate their effort on the day.
After hosting both under 8 and under 9 football festivals, it was now the turn of the under 10s to enjoy the first ever St Martin’s indoor ISFA Hub School futsal competition. The afternoon began with some expert coaching by Mark Swales from the FA, who introduced the boys to some of the skills and rules of futsal. Each team then went onto play each other in a round robin tournament. Mr Miller, festival organiser was really pleased with how the competition went; “having an indoor futsal tournament is a different challenge for the players, you have to show close control and quick passing and movement in a small area”. The afternoon offered 50 boys the chance to try futsal and to compete in a fun, friendly and competitive environment. The event was played in a fantastic spirit and was well supported. Congratulations to St Anthony’s, winning the cup with some exciting team play.
Thank you to Kieran Fox and Natasha Orchard-Smith, F.A Skills coaches and to Mark Swales and Creag Lawrence, Regional F.A PE & Coaching in Education Coordinators for supporting each festival.
ACTION FROM THE ST. MARTIN'S FUTSAL FESTIVAL
Sun 5th Mar
ISFA U11 South-West
Thurs 9th Mar
ISFA U11 North-West
(Old Boltonians FC)
Sat 18th Mar
ISFA U11 South-East (Spring)
(John Lyon School)
ISFA U13 Regional
Wed 10th May
ISFA U11 Seven-a-Side Tournament
(St. George's Park)