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Swiss Cottage football team finish 2nd in the Middlesex League

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This week, Swiss Cottage School’s U16 team, managed by Greenhouse Sports coach Gabriel Odia, finished a fantastic 2nd in the U16 Middlesex Football League to the delight of their coaches and supporters. Due to unfortunate bad weather, the team were denied a chance to compete for the league title in what would have been their final match of the season and trailed the eventual Champions by just one point. Despite initial disappointment, the boys took this brilliantly and Joe West, Swiss Cottage School’s Head of PE, said he was massively impressed with how far they had developed both in skill levels on the pitch and maturity off it.

The match marked the end of the U16 Middlesex Football League – an opportunity for Swiss Cottage School boys to test their skills against other local schools at the Goals Soccer Centre in Ruislip. The boys football team were a goal behind in their deciding match and in danger of losing their grip on 2nd place in the league, but kept their focus and belief and came back to win 3-1. Needing to beat just one more team, the skies opened, the rain poured down and though our players protested they didn’t mind the bad weather, the tournament came to a premature end.

The Swiss Cottage School participants had been praised by the organiser Pranay both for their positive attitude and skill, and by opposition staff for their attitude on and off the pitch, opening the doors for the opposition and never giving up in the face of adversity. This was exemplified by the match yesterday and the great results.

When asked what their favourite moments of the season were, the team said:

Amin – “Seeing how we far we’ve gone from the beginning of the season when we didn’t get along, and now we know each other and get along better and support each other, not just on the pitch, but we help each other in the school now too.”

Boris – “My favourite moment was scoring my last goal because I’ll always remember it.”

Jahziah – “Seeing everyone working as a team and getting along.”

Corey – “scoring the first and last goals of the season and seeing the team work well all season.”

The participants helped to write the match reports throughout the tournament and will read out their favourite moments to support their public speaking as part of the end of year sports assembly.

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