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Pictures: Football success for West Bridgford’s St Edmund Campion School

Three years on from West Bridgford St Edmund Campion School’s successful Europa Cup win at Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium, the SEC football teams have been at it again – this time domestically.

Both the boys’ and girls’ football teams have enjoyed incredible success and it all came together in a seven-day period last month with the Rushcliffe spring tournament and Rushcliffe Cup.

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Having lost out in the final of the tournament in the autumn, the girls were determined to go one better and did so in the recent spring event. Once again, out of 20 teams, they didn’t concede a goal and reached the final. A tense 0-0 draw was played out and the trophy shared with Jesse Gray Primary School.

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The boys were in action the following week with 24 other teams. Without conceding a goal, they made it to the final where they lifted the trophy after defeating Brookside Primary School 4-0.

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The achievements were made extra special, as less than 24 hours earlier both teams were in action having made the finals night of the Rushcliffe Cup.

With a large following and showing commitment and support to each other, the girls completed the double with a superb 2-1 win over Carnarvon Primary School – having raced into a 2-0 lead but having to show great resolve in the closing minutes.

Not to be out done, the boys’ team followed this up with a 5-0 victory over Lady Bay Primary School, sparking a joyous double celebration.

Simon Tuckwell, class teacher at St Edmund Campion School in West Bridgford, said: “Everyone at the school is delighted, to say the least. To win one trophy is challenging enough, with the quality of opposition in Rushcliffe, but to win four in the space of a week is incredible.

“They are a wonderful and talented group of children who have grown stronger over the year. The exciting aspect is that there is still the prospect of more success, which in turn inspires the future years at St Edmund Campion.”

The season is still not over as the boys have the chance of a treble win having reached the semi-finals of the County Cup. The girls are off to Solihull Moors in the West Midlands, to represent Notts County in the Midlands qualifier of the National League Trust Cup.

Head Teacher at St Edmund Campion School, Anita Blake, said: “What an amazing achievement – not only the way in which they played but the way they conducted themselves. As a school community we are all immensely proud.”

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