Dunhurst footballers crowned School Team of the Year

Posted on 19th March 2019

Footballers at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst are celebrating after being crowned School Team of the Year at the East Hampshire Sports Awards 2019.

After reaching the final three shortlisted in their category, Dunhurst’s U13 football team were invited to a prestigious awards ceremony at the Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook on 14 March, hosted by former Olympic athlete Roger Black and featuring former England cricketer Charlotte Edwards as guest speaker.

With 12 awards across junior and senior age ranges, the School Team of the Year category was presented near the start of the night, with Dunhurst pitted against a young Aquasplash team and another school football team. Standing on stage alongside the other finalists for the announcement, Dunhurst were thrilled to be declared the winners, collecting their award from Roger and Charlotte.

The win comes after a successful season for the team, having won every match during the 2018 season, scoring 62 goals and conceding only 22. They were crowned Hampshire League winners and came home with silverware from all three tournaments they entered.

Head of Dunhurst Colin Baty said: “We are all very proud of the team, not just because of their strong season performance, but also the way they upheld the qualities of sportsmanship and the spirit of sport throughout each match. They were wonderful ambassadors for themselves, the team and the school – wonderful to see!”

Head of PE Will Bray added: “It has been such a joy to coach this group throughout their incredible season. They are such a cohesive team, who work hard for each other on the pitch, showing fantastic determination, commitment and teamwork. They are a real asset to the school and set a fantastic example to the younger pupils.”

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