Year five and six pupils from around Thanet prepared for battle this afternoon as they descended upon King Ethelbert School in Westgate for the latest Thanet Primary Dodgeball Tournament.

Sixteen local schools were represented in this ever popular Thanet PASSport event.

As the teams arrived they were clearly eager to start playing. Dodgeball has always been an enthusiastically contested sport in Thanet and the youngsters were certainly ready for the challenge ahead. Last minute team talks were being given around the impressive sports hall by coaches and teachers, evidently as keen to do well as their pupils were.

After a brief explanation of the rules and competition format from event organiser, Gary Rees, the teams were good to go. Four games were to take place simultaneously while the remaining teams looked on, discussing tactics whilst checking out their opponents. With each game lasting only two minutes, it was a fast-paced tournament and the games were frenetic and highly competitive. After three games, the results were calculated and the next teams took to the court.

The Young Sports Leaders from King Ethelbert School were excellent as they officiated the games and helped keep the tournament flowing. The competing teams did their bit to help as well, with honesty and sportsmanship prevalent throughout the afternoon.

After the group games were played all the teams remained to watch the final. Congratulations to eventual winners, and now holders of a rather impressive Thanet Dodgeball Shield for the next year, St Peter’s, who played well throughout the tournament and were deserved victors.

Once again, and I have come to expect nothing less from the Thanet Primary School teams, the atmosphere throughout the afternoon was competitive, fair and friendly. Every single youngster participating was a credit to their respective school. Many are even popping over for a chat now when they see me as I attend more and more of these inter-school events.

I would like to thank Gary and his Thanet PASSport team, the staff at King Ethelbert School, the visiting teachers and coaches and all the Primary School pupils for making me, once again, feel so welcome. I am already looking forward to the next event.

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