Fair play award for Will

gothia2Sibford School pupil, Will Whalley, is pictured being presented with the Fair Play Trophy at the Gothia World Cup in Gothenbury, Sweden.

The 10-year-old competed at the tournament as captain of the Prep Schools’ Lions U11 team.

Held over the summer, the tournament, which is the most prestigious youth football event in the world, involved 1,600 teams from 80 nations playing in front of a crowd of 3,000 people.

Will’s dad, Matt, said: “The team finished top of their league beating the USA 15 – 1, two Swedish teams 7 – 0 and 4 – 1 respectively and then beating Singapore 6 – 1. Unfortunately, they were knocked out in the final 16 to a very good JSSL Singapore side but it was a great experience for all involved and Will has been invited back next year without having to trial again, which is great news.”

Three other Sibford pupils also travelled to Sweden to compete in the event; Ben Ash and Tane Wallis played for the Lions U12s squad, with Ben coming home with the Coaches’ Player of the Tournament award; and Conor Taylor played for the Independent Schools Football Association South Central U15 Squad.


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