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Spire's footballers eye up National Trophy

Posted on: 28/03/2017

A team of footballers from Spires Academy have played their way into the final 16 of a national competition.

The National Small Schools Cup sponsored by Playstation is within the grasp of a talented team of Year 7 players.

They received a bye in the first round then went on to beat Essex team New Rickstones Academy based in Witham, 6-2 away in the second round.

The third round saw the under-12 boy’s triumph over London-based independent St Dunstan’s College in a 5-2 thriller away.

Spires’ players will face another independent, Hastings-based Buckwood School tomorrow, Tuesday (27), at home, where they hope to progress through the competition.

Spires runs a Football Academy, where pupils receive high-quality coaching, alongside their academic studies and selection is by interview. The school boasts three Sports England compliant pitches.

Spires Academy has strong links with Dover Athletic and Margate FC, where pupils can be offered trials.

Nicky Lewis, head of Sports Development said: “The boys are a tight-knit unit and have reached the final stages of the competition through sheer hard work and determination, together with star performances by Kian Reynolds, Eddie Jordan and Denis Mehalla.

“It’s fantastic that the training they are receiving at the Football Academy is pushing them ahead of players at top independent schools.”

Team:

Aden King (Captain); Denis Mehalla; Harrison Bennett; Eddie Jordan; Grady Martin; Tom Dodds; Kian Reynolds; Jack Woodbridge; Olly Evans; Shamarni Campbell and Harry Fagg

Written by Kelly Dale

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