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Erewash School Sports Awards

It was smiles all round for Chaucer at this evening's Erewash School Sports Awards

It was smiles all round for Chaucer at this evening's Erewash School Sports Awards, presented by Rhian Lilley and, British Olympic swimmer, Ross Davenport. Trinity Camm was awarded the top prize in the Individual Girl category, while the Chaucer Girls Football Team won the prize for the Best Primary Team. The girls should be extremely proud of themselves.

It was a case of better late than never as, unavoidably, most of the Chaucer group arrived at Friesland school after the awards ceremony was under way, due to the evening performance of Keymaster. Unfortunately they missed Ross Davenport's motivating speech and interesting anecdotes but got there just in time for the start of the presentations.

Primary School Team Successful Nomination: Chaucer Girls Football Team

Chaucer Girls Football Team made an outstanding impression on their first ever outing, winning the Erewash Year 5 and 6 Girls Mini Soccer Competition at Kirk Hallam Community College in February.

Prior to the tournament there was in fact no girls football team at Chaucer. With only 2 weeks' notice before the competition, the fledgling squad of brave volunteers (Vivia Barker, Georgia Searcy, Georgia Ord, Abbey Ord, Charlotte Turner, Emily Stuart, Tilly Davidson and captain Trinity Camm) entered a brief but intensive period of outdoor/all-weather training before fearlessly setting forth on this new venture.

The players bonded extremely well as a group and always displayed positive attitudes in trying to fill whatever positions and roles were required in the different games.

Adapting well to late changes of rules, venue and playing surface (as the event was initially meant to be outside but was moved indoor due to snow!), the team combined solid defensive play with a constant attacking threat to maintain an excellent 100% record during the tournament

In their first match, the girls showed great determination to overcame a slow start in coming from behind to beat Dallimore 3-1. They then defeated Sawley 1-0 and finally overpowered Cotmanhay 3-0 to become the local area champions!

Playing for each other, the girls took being substituted in their stride. Several members of the squad also took the opportunity to make new friends and gain valuable match experience by generously making guest appearances for Sawley Juniors, who were short of players.

A few short weeks later, the girls represented Erewash in the Derbyshire Girls Football Tournament. The team finished a respectable 5th overall in the county.

[The team pictured with Ross Davenport.]

Individual Girl Successful Nomination: Trinity Camm

Prior to the Erewash Year 5 and 6 Girls Mini Soccer Competition only one member of the squad of volunteers had any experience of playing football with an out-of-school club - Trinity Camm.

She quickly proved herself a leader on and off the pitch, taking an active role in directing warm-ups, demonstrating techniques and in helping her less experienced colleagues understand certain rules and tactics of the game - even going as far as to print off a home-made instruction book and glossary for them! She made herself the obvious candidate to be the team's captain.

Her tireless work-ethic helped inspire teammates to greater endeavours both during some especially chilly practice sessions and in actual competitions. The other players responded well to Trinity's leadership, often looking to her for on-field guidance and encouragement and respecting her suggestions.

Throughout the Erewash Year 5 and 6 Girls Mini Soccer Competition itself, Trinity exhibited a consistently high level of performance, being the team's best player and top-scorer.

A fair-minded leader and worthy captain!

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