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Westville footballers enjoy magical experience

Westville House School have been awarded 3rd place in the ISA National Football Championships.

After the football team’s triumph at the regional qualifiers Westville House School, Ilkley were beyond proud to play once more on Friday 11 March at St George’s Park National Football Centre – home of the beautiful game and training ground for the England Squad.

Mr O’Doherty Deputy Head, and Head of Boys’ Sport; ‘This is our first year entering the Independent Schools Association Football competitions. We were thrilled to win the regionals and qualify for the nationals, so we are over the moon to take 3rd place in the National Championship Finals out of a total of 27 brilliant teams! The morning matches saw us finish top of our group which qualified us to compete for the overall cup. It just shows hard work and determination pays off. Several of our pupils train to a high level outside of school. We have children currently on academy places for Leeds United, Preston and Blackburn, and many of our boys are members of the SoccerHub Elite Team. We always support the hobbies and talents of our pupils. By providing these amazing opportunities we ensure our students experience a well-rounded primary education with plenty of memories along the way.’

Westville House School achieved Finalist status in the 2021 Independent Schools Association annual awards for Outstanding Sport, and it’s from here the school decided to try their hand at the regional and subsequent national ISA competitions.

“It was a magical experience supporting our team at St George’s Park, seeing their faces light up at the various memorabilia and the sheer excitement of an overnight stay was truly unforgettable for all. The team comprised of seven children aged from 9-11 each gave their all and played their socks off. Crucially, they displayed excellent sportsmanship and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity. Our children all attend regular external sporting fixtures over the whole region, and this seems to have really put them in good stead to compete nationally. We are a small school – but we achieve great things!” Mrs Hammond Headteacher.


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