Hartlepool pupils show Roy Hodgson that England could have won the World Cup

MEET the pupils who showed Roy Hodgson’s boys how you win the World Cup.

Team England have won the Rift House Primary School version of the tournament in Hartlepool – beating Italy, Uruguay and Belgium along the way.

TEAM ARGENTINA: (Left to right) Cameron Bell, Alfie Langley and Jake Malham

TEAM ARGENTINA: (Left to right) Cameron Bell, Alfie Langley and Jake Malham

Well done to Marshall Storey, 11, Corey Chapman, 10, Melissa Kelly, aged nine, and eight-year-olds Luke Connelly and Connie Gardiner who did their country proud.

They beat Italy in the last 16, and further down the line they triumphed over Uruguay on penalties in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Belgium were winning their own semi-final against Brazil, also on penalties.

Then it was down to the World Cup Final. But it was England who came out as overall victors in Key Stage 2 when they defeated Belgium 6-4 in the finals.

THE FINALISTS:'Team Belgium (red) and Team England (White).'Back row (L-R) Corey Chapman, Luke Connelly, Connie Gardner, Melissa Kelsey, Bobby Stokell, Katie Langley.'Front row (L-R) Jessica Wakefield, Marshall Storey, Joe Gibbon, Ben Corser

THE FINALISTS:'Team Belgium (red) and Team England (White).'Back row (L-R) Corey Chapman, Luke Connelly, Connie Gardner, Melissa Kelsey, Bobby Stokell, Katie Langley.'Front row (L-R) Jessica Wakefield, Marshall Storey, Joe Gibbon, Ben Corser

And there was a second award for Marshall Storey who was also the top goal scorer in the competition for Key Stage 2 pupils.

Congratulations also went to Travis Lyth, aged nine, who was the player of the tournament for the way he consistently played well and made sure every other member of his team got a touch of the ball.

There was also a World 
Cup penalty shootout competition for the pupils in Key 
Stage 1 and that was won by Team Argentina.

But the overall aim of the event, at the school in Masefield Road, was to promote sportsmanship among the youngsters, and that worked superbly, said the school’s sports coach Andrew Hetherington.

Travis Lyth gets his award from Rift House sports coach Andrew Hetherington

Travis Lyth gets his award from Rift House sports coach Andrew Hetherington

Andrew said: “It was brilliant. All the children shook hands with each other, no matter how they did. They also 
all congratulated each 
other. It was a really good experience for them.

“Teamwork came out of this as well as sporting behaviour.”

Each team was arranged with a mix of children from different ages and the older children were encouraged to include their younger counterparts in each match.