ST GEORGE'S WIN BATTERSEA SCHOOLS FINALS

Battersea Park School was the venue of the 2012 Battersea Schools League Final last week, as eight local primary schools fought out to be crowned this year's winners.

Playing over eight weeks, Battersea Schools League is an annual competition offering Primary schools within the Battersea wards of Wandsworth the opportunity to participate in a structured competition.

The format of the competition is organised with two leagues running alternative weeks. This allows for similar ability teams to play against each other allowing for fairer and more competitive football to be played.

Schools participating in this year's event included St. George's, Honeywell, John Burns, Sir James Barrie, Sacred Heart, St. Marys, Christchurch, Falconbrook, Westbridge, Shaftsbury Park and Chesterton.

The top four teams from each league progressed through to the finals and the winners of this year's competition were St. George's, who won the cup, and John Burns, who won the plate.

Daniel Greatley, Wandsworth development officer said: 'This is now the fourth year we have organised this competition and every year the talent and ability of football on display gets better and better.

'The League allows local schools and kids to play against one another because they might not have the chance to do so before. It's great to see kids really enjoying themselves in front of fellow players and friends and family who come to watch.'

Teacher Joyce Pickton from St. George's School added: 'What can I say - finishing top of the league - the whole school is so, so proud of them all.

'We never took anything for granted as we prepare for Friday matches. We won because the whole team were up for it and worked hard.'