On Tuesday 5th May, the Bishop's Stortford College U11 Football Team made their first ever appearance at the prestigious ISFA National Finals held at St George's Park, home to England’s 24 national teams.
The weather conditions were not ideal, however the pitches were outstanding and it was a superb facility for the Prep School boys to experience.
There were 18 schools competing, arranged into three groups of six. In the College’s opening game against Bolton School they flew out of the blocks and recorded a 2-1 win with goals from Callum Phelps and Joshua O' Connor.
In the following game against Hallfield School from Edgbaston they drew 1-1. Sadly, they then suffered a series of frustrating 1-0 reverses against Lochinver House School, Westbrook Hay School and Hoe Bridge.
Player Marcin Matys commented: 'We really enjoyed the opportunity of playing at St George's Park. We were unlucky in some of the matches and hopefully we can win it next year.' Any disappointment about not progressing to the quarter finals was tempered by the boys’ amazing experience, plus the fact that it was goalkeeper Max Smith's birthday!
The team, captained by Freddy Cooke, included Sam Bashford, Harry Clenshaw, Jamie Hepburn, Marcin Matys, Joshua O'Connor, Callum Phelps, Max Smith, William Thacker and Ethan Williams.
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.
- Bishop's Stortford College is one of is one of the UK’s top performing independent co-educational schools
- As 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.
- The 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.
- Breadth of experience is naturally woven into daily life. Our pupils can, and do, pursue high academic standards whilst enjoying and succeeding, in many other interests.