Wirksworth students hit the back of the net

Football Plus (Champs) - Anthony Gell

Students from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth, a member of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership are on “cloud nine” after winning the Derbyshire County Football Plus competition.

Youngsters took part in the tournament on Thursday 14th May at John Port School in Etwall, South Derbyshire. The competition saw 10 teams taking part across two different ability levels; with Anthony Gell in the higher Championship league.

The team came top of their league so progressed to the final where they faced the leaders of the other championship group, a team from Tupton Hall School in Chesterfield, and they came out victorious.

Teaching assistant, Ben Gaskin, said: “The boys did really, really well. They won every game and always encouraged each other, showing great sportsmanship as well by shaking hands with the opposite team after every match. They came home with gold medals and a trophy. We had a presentation event in assembly and the students came up in front of their year group to be applauded. Our head teacher, David Baker, is absolutely overwhelmed and the boys are still on cloud nine.”

RDSSP Manager, Janice Price said: “I was really delighted to hear about the boy’s success especially to hear how much it means to both them and their teachers. I hope this story inspires other small, rural schools to get behind school teams and encourage them to excel in both local and county-wide competitions.”