Portsmouth dads and sons bond over books and ball games

From left, Jude Bedford, Luke Young and Michael Bedford at the boys-only day at Copnor Junior School. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (143195-498)
From left, Jude Bedford, Luke Young and Michael Bedford at the boys-only day at Copnor Junior School. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (143195-498)
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SCHOOLBOYS were joined by their dads for a fun morning playing sport and reading.

Pupils from Copnor Infant School and Copnor Junior School in Portsmouth spent Saturday morning playing football, rugby and basketball for a boys-only 
event.

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Charlie Milner (5), Tom Milner and Harry Milner (8) playing football. ''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-471) PPP-141115-135154001

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Charlie Milner (5), Tom Milner and Harry Milner (8) playing football. ''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-471) PPP-141115-135154001

Organised by the school every year, the two-hour session gives youngsters the chance to bond with their dads.

Dad Tom Milner, from Copnor, went along with his sons Harry, eight, and Charlie, five.

Tom said: ‘It was the second time I have been here with Harry and the first with Charlie.

‘I think it is a great idea for the school to do and it is a good event.

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Reading in the library, Leo Collings and Troy Collings.  ''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-504) PPP-141115-135216001

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Reading in the library, Leo Collings and Troy Collings. ''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-504) PPP-141115-135216001

‘It gives us the chance to play different sports because there was such a variety but it also encourages reading which is 
important.’

Teachers from the school helped out with the sports which included a penalty shoot-out, throwing a foam javelin, throwing a rugby ball through a hoop and playing basketball.

The results of how well they did were recorded on a score-sheet.

Then, the boys and their dads went into the library to read their favourite books.

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Darren Smerville and Harry Somerville (8) try javelin.''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-541) PPP-141115-135238001

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Darren Smerville and Harry Somerville (8) try javelin.''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-541) PPP-141115-135238001

Michael Bedford and his son Jude enjoyed throwing the rugby ball and the 
javelin.

Year 2 pupil Jude, aged six, said he liked the javelin 
best.

‘The morning was fun and my favourite was the javelin,’ he said.

But I liked the reading too.’

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Darren Smerville and Harry Somerville (8) try javelin.''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-541) PPP-141115-135238001

143195_COPNOR_15/11/14''(l-r) Darren Smerville and Harry Somerville (8) try javelin.''Boys Day at Copnor Junior School, Copnor Road, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143195-541) PPP-141115-135238001

Michael added: ‘This is the first year we did the event and it was good.

‘We really enjoyed it and there was a good variety of things to do.’