“On Sunday, 18th March, pupils from The British School of Barcelona in both Castelldefels and Sitges campuses took part in Education First Football Cup in Sarrià, Barcelona. The children competed against eight other teams for the trophy.
For both schools, this was the first time that they had competed together. However, this would not have been known by the spectators at the event, with both teams recording a victory in their first two games. The Castelldefels team impressed in their first fixture recording an 8-0!
The top two teams from each group qualified for the knockout stages. After winning three matches, drawing one and losing one, BSB Castelldefels progress appeared to be in the balance. BSB Sitges had it all to play for in their final fixture, after winning four of their matches, they knew that if they beat Europa School, they would qualify for the final. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case, with Europa winning 4-2.
This meant that both the BSB Sitges and Castelldefels teams had to play each other in the 3rd place play-off for the tournament, owing to their second-place group finishes. In a closely fought contest, the BSB Sitges took a two-goal lead, owing to a controversial penalty. However, BSB Castelldefels were not to be denied and scored two quick-fire goals in the closing stages to take the game to penalties. Both teams were extremely tense but showed great comradery during the shoot-out, linking arms as the events unfolded.
After missing the first penalty, BSB Sitges could only rely on a BSB Castelldefels miss to take the shoot-out to sudden death. However, BSB Castelldefels showed cool heads in the shoot-out and ran out 3-2 victors.
Both Mr Cross, Head of Sports of BSB, and I were greatly impressed with the sportsmanship and respect shown to each to each other and the officials throughout the day and the children were rewarded with their efforts picking up the fair play trophy at the tournament.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the children and we look forward to taking next year’s Year 5 and 6 to the tournament in 2019!”