On Friday 25th September 2015, Gloucestershire Constabulary organised a football competition for schools in Tewkesbury and Cheltenham for children aged 10-11 years old.
The competition was started in 2009 and was as popular as ever with ten schools participating. Not one school had won the tournament more than once, so there was all to play for on Friday.
The event was sponsored by ‘Gloucestershire Community Foundation’ and was held at Balcarras School pitches in Charlton Kings. Each team were given their own individual coloured t-shirts to wear with the logo ‘one game, one community’, which they were able to keep after the tournament.
There were two groups of five teams and the top two teams went through to the semi-finals. Each match was ten minutes long and every match was played in a good spirit. Both groups were tightly fought and the top two places were not decided until the last group matches played.
In the first semi-final, St Gregs played Shurdington. St Gregs, who had won the competition in 2009, proved too strong for Shurdington and successfully secured their way into the final in a close fought match.
In the other semi-final, unbeaten Oakwood played Hesters Way School in a much tighter match. Hesters Way won the close fought encounter 1-0 and went through to the final.
The final was an intriguing affair - St Gregs finished top of their group. However, Hesters Way beat St Gregs in the group match, so the final was set to be an interesting and finely balanced encounter. Hesters Way played well and tried very hard, but St Gregs proved too strong and were worthy winners of the 2015 Community Cup.
Winners and runners up, as well as all those participating, received medals and certificates. Furthermore, each team was awarded a sportsmanship mark (out of 10) after each match during the group stages. The school with the highest sportsmanship mark was presented with the ‘Sportsmanship Trophy’.
After all the group matches were played, two teams were joint top - Gloucester Road School and Oakwood School. Both teams received the ‘Sportsmanship Trophy’ after displaying excellent sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
PCSO Wayne Lippett of Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing said: “This Community Cup has been a great success over the years. It was a lovely and sunny day for the tournament. All schools thoroughly enjoyed it and hopefully next year the competition will be just as exciting.”