Pupils get into the spirit of Brazil

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CHILDREN sampled a taste of the fast-footed action in Brazil when a school hosted its own World Cup tournament.

Pupils at Bidbury Junior School in Bedhampton enjoyed the fun on a glorious June day.

Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament

Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament

Organised by Henry Land, a Year 6 teacher, around 100 children represented different countries taking part in the World Cup.

Aaron Everett, in Year 6, commented on the footballer he is enjoying watching at the World Cup.

He said: ‘I have really enjoyed the whole World Cup. I love playing football and this has given me the chance to practise my skills so I can become like Eden Hazard.’

Ruby Newman, also in Year 6, said: ‘I have been waiting for Bidbury’s World Cup and I have loved it – especially as I got to show off my skills!’

24/06/14  JT''Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament. (left to right), Aaron Everett (11), Ruby Newman (11), Brandon Crawford (10), and Poppy Mullins (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141795-2) PPP-140624-163719003

24/06/14 JT''Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament. (left to right), Aaron Everett (11), Ruby Newman (11), Brandon Crawford (10), and Poppy Mullins (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141795-2) PPP-140624-163719003

Neil Macintyre, who runs the school football team, was impressed with not only the number of children taking part, but also the number of girls playing.

He said: ‘For some, it may have been their first time playing football or even sport as a whole.

‘If you can engage and challenge a child in sport early on, then they can become engrossed, improve through practice, and then use their new skills to compete at a higher level. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? To persevere with something and to be the best you can be.

‘Joe Hart has had to be resilient in training and learn from mistakes in matches. That’s why he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world. That is the message to the children – resilience and perseverance in sport and life.’

24/06/14  JT''Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament. Switzerland in orange bibs v Uraguay.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141795-3) PPP-140624-163731003

24/06/14 JT''Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament. Switzerland in orange bibs v Uraguay.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141795-3) PPP-140624-163731003

24/06/14  JT''Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament. Switzerland in orange bibs v Uraguay.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141795-4) PPP-140624-163938003

24/06/14 JT''Children from Bidbury Junior School in Havant took part in a mini World Cup football tournament. Switzerland in orange bibs v Uraguay.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141795-4) PPP-140624-163938003