CHELSEA FOUNDATION COACHES HOST LOCAL SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

Chelsea Foundation coaches hosted the Petworth Area Schools (PAS) Cup last week, which included six schools from the surrounding area.

Petworth Primary School, St James' Primary School, Northchapel Primary School, Bury Primary School, Duncton Junior School and Fittleworth Primary school all faced one another in a League-style tournament.

Upon arrival, Chelsea Foundation coaches gave the teams a welcome speech before running through the rules for the tournament. The sides also posed for a picture with Stamford the Lion.

The winners of the League then faced the runners-up in the final to determine which school would take home the PAS Cup.

While the tournament took place, Stamford the Lion took met the schools' Year R to Year Three pupils during their break time and even had a dance-off with three children. Once the dance-off was over, there were lots of hugs, handshakes and high fives from the club mascot.

After a morning of impressive football, tournament hosts Petworth Primary School reached the final to face Fittleworth Primary. Despite a great game from the hosts, Petworth lost the final 3-1 to Fittleworth, who were unbeaten in the competition.

'I was impressed by the standard of football in the tournament,' said Chelsea Foundation community coach Dan Medhurst. 'The winning side were great but all the teams had some really good players, it was very good.

'This was the first tournament we've done, as the Chelsea Foundation, for the PAS area and the children really enjoyed it. The fact that Stamford came along was also really great for the kids, they absolutely loved him.

'It was a really enjoyable afternoon and not just because of the talent on display in the tournament, it was also great to see the kids enjoying themselves so much. There were a lot of smiles both in the playground and on the football pitches,' added Medhurst.