At the time of the 2010 World Cup I was asked whether I would be prepared to organise an in-school football tournament to run concurrently. I replied that while I would not be prepared to organise one, I was more than happy to facilitate it. And so, in the hands of a group of Year Six children who managed the organisation (writing letters to the Friends to persuade them to buy trophies etc.) logistics (fixture list etc.) and maths (league tables; points; goal differences etc.) incredibly, a week-long competition was born, gathered momentum and reached a genuinely tense, dramatic and memorable finale.
The premise for the tournament was very simple for a two-form entry junior school:
1. Eight members of staff were recruited to manage a team each.
2. ‘Squads’ of sixteen players comprised of two boys and two girls from each year group were given to each ‘manager’.
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