The College’s U11s football team
were crowned Regional Champions at the Independent Schools Football Association
(ISFA) East Region Tournament on Saturday 7th March. It is the first
time the College has won the tournament at U11 level and the team are delighted
to have qualified for the National Finals at the St George's National Training
Centre, where England hold their training sessions, at Burton On Trent in May.
There were 14 schools
competing at King's Ely School in the 7 aside tournament, with a two groups of
7 teams format. They won the group convincingly and were into the semi-finals
where they faced Group B runners-up, Taverham Hall. They conceded an early goal
and were behind in a match for the very first time. The boys’ response was a
quick hat-trick by Freddy Cooke and a super goal from Harry Clenshaw,
eventually running out 4-2 winners.
Only the winning team could go through to the National Finals at Burton, so the
final against Bedford Modern was tense. Again the U11s conceded early but
Joshua O'Connor equalised with an individual strike. Late in the second half
Marcin Matys put the team into the lead but with 30 seconds remaining they
conceded and looked to be heading for extra time. They broke from the kick off
in one final push and Joshua O'Connor was fouled 20 yards from goal. Up stepped
Freddy Cooke who curled a free kick into the top corner with the last kick of
the game. The referee blew the whistle for full time and most of the lads sunk
to their knees in tears of jubilation.
Ex England striker Andy Johnson approached Freddy Cooke at the end of the match
and told him his free kick was worthy of winning any game. Team Coach, David
Herd, commented: “The boys showed outstanding spirit and character. There is
little margin for error in these tournaments and our lads thoroughly deserved
About Bishop’s Stortford College
Bishop’s Stortford College is a co-educational independent day and
boarding school that takes pupils from 4 – 18 years with the aim of building
confidence for life.
Stortford College is one of is one of the UK’s top performing independent
three schools in one, we are large enough to provide an exceptional range of
opportunities, whilst each part is small enough for pupils to be known, valued
and nurtured as individuals.
infectious enthusiasm, imagination and dedication of College staff, in
partnership with parents, enables our pupils to grow into happy, well-rounded,
skilful and caring young people equipped and ready for the adventures and
opportunities life has to offer.
of experience is naturally woven into daily life. Our pupils can, and do,
pursue high academic standards whilst enjoying and succeeding, in many other