14th October 2016 — Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst has won the ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) U11 seven-a-side regional tournament, qualifying for the national finals in May 2017. The school, which hosted the tournament on Wednesday, were delighted to win six out of their seven matches – including beating Sherbourne House 5-1 and St John’s College 4-1.
Head of Boys’ Games at Dunhurst, Will Bray said: “All of the boys did so well and put their all into each game. It was a fantastic afternoon with some sublime football on show - all the teams involved played in a great manner.”
Eight schools participated in the Hampshire qualifier, including Portsmouth Grammar School, Prebendal School, Kingscourt School, Prince’s Mead School and Twyford School.
Twyford managed second place, but it will be Dunhurst progressing to the national finals at St George’s Park – home to the English Football Association – in May 2017.
Will added: “Although we were the eventual winners today, there were a number of other schools who could have clinched the tournament; Dunhurst shone through because the team worked hard for each other all afternoon.”
ISFA is affiliated to the FA and is responsible for developing and promoting the game of football in the independent schools sector. The U11 tournament is ISFA's largest tournament with around 170 schools participating in 14 regional tournaments.