London Youth Games success for Bishop Gilpin

Bishop Gilpin Primary School have been crowned winners of this year’s Girls Football competition in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games 2013.

Beating Haringey’s Rhodes Avenue Primary School through a penalty shoot out, Bishop Gilpin Primary School’s girls football team were crowned this year’s champions. After winning inter-school competitions held by the Merton School Sports Partnership, six schools went on to represent the borough in the finals of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games 2013 last month. Bishop Gilpin Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Pelham Primary School, The Priory Primary School, Hatfeild Primary School and Hall School competed in a range of sports varying from football and netball to tag rugby and quick stick hockey.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: ‘I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Bishop Gilpin Primary School on their success in this year’s Girls Football competition, but also to all the young people from Merton who competed at the London Youth Games. These games are an excellent way for young people to show off their sporting skills and they should all be very proud of their achievements. Thanks, as well, to the Merton School Sports Partnership who organised, trained and supported them on the way. They play a crucial role in supporting sport in Merton schools and their work is greatly appreciated in enabling participation in a range of sports at the games.’

More information about Merton’s participation and results in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games 2013 can be found on the Merton School Sports Partnership website: http://www.mertonssp.org.uk.

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