Back of the net! Boys set a goal

Published on: 01 Jul 2016

Back of the net

Two football-crazy Year 3 pupils from Barley Close Community Primary School are taking turns ‘between the sticks’ to raise funds for some new goalposts.
Frustrated with the lack of goals available on the school field at lunchtime, Ethan Selway, seven, and Ben Mead, eight, have come up with an enterprising idea to help the school provide more sports equipment to keep their class mates active.
The boys are organising a penalty shootout competition at the school’s summer fayre on Friday July 8 and have challenged their fellow pupils to try their luck from the penalty spot.
“We’re hoping to raise enough money to buy some new goals and some footballs,” said Ethan. “Everyone at school is watching the European Championships on TV, so there’s always plenty of players for a game at lunchtime,” added Ben.
Ethan’s dad, Lee, a coach at Mangotsfield United Juniors where they both play, added: “I’m really proud of the boys for coming up with such a great idea. They’re both very keen footballers and, as their coach, it’s great to see them volunteering for extra training!”
The school has donated some prizes for the event and has approached both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City to ask if they can help. If anyone would like to make a contribution, please contact the school office (details are available on the website:
Ethan and Ben are determined to reach their target and have already decided on their next fund raising idea – a “celebrity” football match!

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