PRIMARY Schools Compete In District-Wide Football Contest

17 June, 2024 | Local

EIGHTEEN Inverclyde primary schools took part in the inaugural Cloch Cup football tournament.

Inverclyde Council and sportscotland’s Active Schools service held the event in partnership with Cloch Housing Association.

The seven-a-side contest, with 180 players, took place at Notre Dame High, Greenock.

Competition was fierce with all the children giving their all and producing some fantastic football.

St Ninian’s, Gourock faced off against St Joseph’s, Greenock in the nail-biting final, with St Joseph’s triumphing.

St Joseph’s scoring against St Ninian’s

Craig Mullan from Active Schools said: “It was amazing to see so many children participating on such a beautiful day. Thanks to our partnership with Cloch Housing Association, free transportation was provided.

“This made a huge difference in making the tournament accessible to all Inverclyde schools.”

Stephen McGachy, the coach and nurture teacher at St Joseph’s, said: “The entire day was fantastic! Thanks to Active Schools and Cloch for supporting our kids at St Joseph’s and the kids throughout Inverclyde by organising the event.

“The team’s victory was celebrated with a special assembly at St Joseph’s, and the trophy is now proudly displayed at the school.”

Michael Monaghan, director of customer services and communities at Cloch Housing Association, said: “A primary objective for Cloch is to engage with our tenants and the wider Inverclyde community, both young and old,in a positive way.

“The Cloch Cup is a great opportunity for us to do this, building our relationship with the local schools, our younger people and Active Schools who do incredible work here in Inverclyde.

“The association was delighted to play our part in facilitating the tournament and look forward to making this an annual event! Thank you to all the participants, the school staff who brought the kids along and of course Active Schools who enabled the day to run as well as it did.

“What an incredible performance from all the children! We can’t wait for the 2025 Cloch Cup!”

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