Tuesday 11 Feb 2003


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Elmtree Middle School finished fifth in Network Rail’s regional under 11 six-a-side football finals.  The Lowestoft school had already defeated several Norwich schools to reach the final and went on to beat a number of regional teams.             Captain for the school, Daniel Compton, 11, who scored five goals said:             “The best moment was beating Cambridge 4-3, because we played so well.”             “I have also learned what I should and shouldn’t do near a railway so I can be much safer.” The tournament was part of Network Rail’s national Football in the Community scheme. Dave Palmer, Regional Manager for Football in the Community said: “The players were full of enthusiasm for representing their school, club and community.  All the games were played with an excellent spirit.  Seven out of the nine teams are funded by  Network Rail on a local level and this makes a tremendous difference.”    Football in the Community is a nationwide programme where staff work enthusiastically with football clubs running coaching sessions and tournaments to promote railway safety in local communities and to help highlight the dangers of and to deter railway crime. St Francesca Gabrini Primary School representing Millwall Football Club were worthy champions winning every game without conceding a goal.   

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