Sporty kids have a ball at school tournaments

Demon Bowler: Bonsall Primary School pupil Joseph Whitfield sends down a delivery in their match against Brassington Primary School at the Primary Cluster Schools cricket tournament at Wirksworth Cricket Club.
Demon Bowler: Bonsall Primary School pupil Joseph Whitfield sends down a delivery in their match against Brassington Primary School at the Primary Cluster Schools cricket tournament at Wirksworth Cricket Club.

SPORTS-mad youngsters from seven Dales schools braved the elements last week to take part in two Primary School Cluster tournaments, organised by Wirksworth-based Anthony Gell School.

Teams from Bonsall, Brassington, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Turnditch, and Kirk Ireton schools, plus two from Carsington and Hopton Primary School contested the football tournament, which was held at Anthony Gell School.

Three days later and the action moved to nearby Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club for the cricket tournament.

This featured almost all of the same schools, but with the Carsington teams replaced by two from Wirksworth.

Tessa Mitchell, a PE teacher at Anthony Gell, is also school sports co-ordinator there and deals with the nine cluster schools on a regular basis.

She explained: “We hold around seven of these tournaments a year, covering sports such as cricket, rugby, football, hockey and cross country.

“The cluster schools are very supportive of these tournaments, as are the pupils in those schools, and also here.

“We like to get our sports leaders involved.

“Generally they are in years eight to 11 and their involvement in helping at the events counts towards what they do on their sports leadership programme. They got involved last week and proved to be a big help to the staff, as usual.”

The overall winner of the football tournament was Bonsall with Brassington second.

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Wirksworth A beat Bonsall in the cricket final and now go on to take on the winners of the other Dales cluster schools cricket tournament, to be held on Tuesday at Matlock Cricket Club.

“Tessa Mitchell added: “We dodged the worst of the weather, including a big hailstorm just before the football tournament, one but it went ahead. The cricket day was a cold but the kids enjoyed it and played with a smile on their faces.”