“I love school because I love learning!” – SG
“I want to stay in the EAL Class forever!” – AP
“When I finish my work I help other people.” – CB
“I like going to ‘Little Pears’ because its fun and I can play games.” – AB
“Maths is my best lesson because I like doing my times tables.” – KH
“I enjoy energy club because I play games with my friends.” – AS
“Netball club is good fun.” – SH
“I use an ipad to help me check my work.” – LF
“I love EAL trips on the minibus.” – IL
“I love going on lots of trips.” – TR
“Science is great because we get to do experiments.” – NC
“My teacher helps me when I don’t understand.” – AM
“Maths lessons are the best!” – SW
“My teacher is the best teacher ever!” – FR
“I like the reward trips, especially lazer tag!” – JC
“The football team is great!” – SL

On Tuesday 19th July 2016, Hollymount School’s year 5/6 boys football team competed against Broadheath school for the Worcestershire Small School’s Cup.

The team performed excellently against their unbeaten opposition. Broadheath’s manager seemed very confident prematch when he was predicting a big win for his team of superstars. However, Hollymount’s manager, Wayne Telford, was keen to prove him wrong, with Hollymount’s confident and passionate team. Hollymount were also in high spirits, after winning the Black Pear Trust tournament a few weeks earlier, where they showed fantastic team spirit.

When the match kicked off, Hollymount were quick out of the gates. Many journalists had predicted an attacking start from Telford’s team, and this was proved right when Shelton scored in the first minute. The goal, the quickest in the world ever, was outstanding. Shelton cut in from the right before unleashing a thunderbolt with the outside of his boot. The opposition keeper, considered to be the next David de Gea, could only watch as the ball blasted into the top corner. The goal sparked wild celebrations in the massive crowd, which included of Miss Pritchard and a few passers by.

At this point, the assembled journalists thought that Hollymount had scored too early and a Broadheath comeback was inevitable. But Hollymount extended their lead a few minutes later, when Fabian tripped over and accidentally volleyed the ball in from 50 yards. He then scored again, with a cute finished with his cultured left foot.

Broadheath threatened a comeback when they tapped in from close range, after goalkeeper Dillon, Hollymount’s player of the year, had decided he wanted a goal to go with his 35 clean sheets this season. Despite Broadheath’s quality and attacking style, Hollymount managed to defend as a team and stopped Broadheath to the one goal.

With the match locked at 3-1 and the spectator going wild, seeing another Hollymount success in sight, Shelton scored an outrageous goal from 20 yards to settle the game. He managed to beat three players, using skills he learnt from his adventurous and charismatic manager, Wayne Telford, before smashing the ball past the excellent, but downhearted keeper.

Hollymount kept their heads and saw out this famous 4-1 victory to send the massive crowd wild. The Hollymount team showed brilliant respect of their in form opposition but the celebrations soon started, when they were presented with the trophy.

On return the school, the celebrations continued with the whole school applauding the returning victors, to show their pride and admiration for this excellent team.

It was a fantastic day for the team, who were proud of their achievement. As well as winning the cup, Shelton’s second goal has now been nominated for the Puskas Award, Fifa’s goal for the year award. Whilst manager Wayne Telford has cemented his place in Hollymount football history, and is being touted as the next England manager, when Sam Allardyce fails.

Well done to everyone involved for an excellent match and congratulations to the Hollymount Year 5/6 Football team!