We are delighted to have raised almost £1300 towards this year’s Moving On Parade at our annual Dream Team kids’ 5 a side football tournament. For a sixth year running, year 5 and 6 boys and girls battled it out for the Patina Cup in the Dripping Pan football ground of Lewes FC. Mixed teams of children from across the district competed at the fundraiser which was hosted by Lewes FC with the trophy and medals generously sponsored by Intersport Lewes.
As our theme this year is “Once Upon a Moving On” celebrating children’s literature, all the team names were book related. After a nail biting penalty shoot-out deciding the final score, Hamlet FC raised the Patina Cup, presented to them by Lewes Mayor Cllr Janet Baah.
Sam, a youngster in the “Fing” team said, “Many thanks for organising the event.. we LOVED it and we are so pleased that it raised so much money! It was so much fun. If we only had scored an extra goal, we would have been in the semi final, but never mind, they were very fair games and I loved the hot dog! We are ready for 2020!”
Parent Jo Walker said, “I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament – there was a wonderfully relaxed and fun atmosphere. Our team Champions of the World said everyone was helpful and that they got some help from someone whom we didn’t know so they enjoyed making some new friends”.
We are very grateful to Lewes FC, Intersport, Mayor Cllr Janet Baah, Priory School students for so ably taking on the role of referees and managing the score keeping and all the people who came along to support and help. We were also delighted to be given a superb hamper of goodies to raffle by Stanley and Partners and we even raffled a football signed by the excellent Lewes Women’s Football team.
The Dream Team tournament is held a couple of weeks before most of the Moving On children sit their SATs exams. Once the exams are done, the Moving On project starts in earnest when we go into the 16 schools involved, to reveal which books have been picked out of a hat for each school from a shortlist drawn up from suggestions from the children themselves and the wider community. They then start the creative process of designing and making sculptures and costumes for their big Moving On day on 5 July.