Onslow team in seaside trip

PUBLISHED: 11:34 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 26 October 2009

The Onslow touring team

The Onslow touring team

ONSLOW St Audrey s School s Year 10 boys football team took a trip to the seaside recently to take part in a national football tournament. The team is the district 5-a-side champions for their age group, and took to the field in an 11-a-side event at Pon

ONSLOW St Audrey's School's Year 10 boys' football team took a trip to the seaside recently to take part in a national football tournament.

The team is the district 5-a-side champions for their age group, and took to the field in an 11-a-side event at Pontins in Southport.

In the first of what PE teacher Michael Oakes hopes will be a regular appearance at such a tournament, the boys were unlucky to finish seventh in the league out of 10.

Oakes said: "The conditions weren't the best, which meant in a lot of games our lads just didn't have the luck with the wind.

"Also a lot of the teams we came up against were much bigger and stronger than us, but all the boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience."

The side, captained by Panshanger midfielder Mark Freestone, won two, drew once and lost six times.

Their victories came against Somerset side Backwell Wanderers 2-0 and Doncaster outfit Bentley Pumas 4-1.

Although they were disappointed with their position in the final standings, they were described by Oakes as a "credit to their school".

Former Onslow pupil Colin Skinner and his company CRS decorations sponsored the shirts for the tournament.

He was very proud to be involved with the school that holds such fond memories for him.

Skinner said: "My nephew, Jack Skinner, plays for the team, so it was great to get involved.

"It's nice to be able to give something back to the school.

"I advocate extra-curricular activities like this. I think it's fantastic that events like this go on and keep the kids off the streets."

Top scorer for the Onslow boys was left winger Sam Adamson, who was a constant threat with his pace and bagged three goals.

Centre half Tom Knott was named Player of the Tour, with Oakes describing him as the "John Terry of the team!"

The boys' trip was arranged through R&T Tours, a well respected company who specialise in football tours and tournaments, of which Oakes was particularly complimentary.

He said: "The organisers were very good and it is certainly something I will be looking to get involved with next year.

"I would certainly say this was a success, and although we didn't win as many games as we thought we would, the tournament as a whole was very positive.

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