We are pleased to continue the establishment of ‘Plymouth Primary Schools Football League’ which we set up in September 2017. The league continues for its second season in 2018 - 2019. After speaking to colleagues from other schools, we found that there was lots of interest in a league but previously there wasn't one set up. We feel a league gives children the opportunity to play regular football during the school year. We are playing the league at Goals Plymouth (Outland Road – next to Plymouth Argyle); they were very keen to work with us on this. Goals have excellent facilities, with all-weather, synthetic grass pitches, meaning there will be no issues with waterlogged pitches. This location also means schools won’t have to travel from one end of Plymouth to the other for fixtures.
We will again have 12 teams in the league this year (with a number of schools on a waiting list), paying an equal share to cover the pitch hire. The matches are played on Friday afternoons throughout the year. We feel that Friday afternoons are the least disruptive time of the week for children’s curriculum learning time. Each team will play the other teams once throughout the year. There will be a break leading up to Christmas as well as Year 6 SATS in May 2019. The league will be played with 6-a-side teams and is open to any children up to Year 6. The fixtures and dates have been set for the entire year (September 2018 - July 2019) and these will not be changed unless there are extreme circumstances, eg. the weather, although Goals is an all-weather facility. The first set of fixtures for this year will be played on Friday 21st September 2018.
We have liaised with the University of St Mark and St John and Stoke Damerel Community College in order to organise volunteer referees who will use this experience as part of their study. Referees will be choosing a player of the match and sporting player of the match after every game. At the end of the year, we will add up these votes and award a player of the league and sporting player of the league, as well as the overall winning team and runners up. Hopefully this will give some extra incentives for the children to show good attitudes and try their best. We hope that school staff, children and parents will respect the referees and show appreciation that they are participating on a voluntary basis. As the league progresses, we will be updating the results and league table on this page and our school Twitter account after each round of fixtures. We'll also post pictures and videos from matches on this page.
The league is now closed for entry. However, we will open this up to schools in the spring term of 2019 for entry in the following year; all schools will be welcome to join. We are excited about the potential of this league and hope it will continue to be very successful in its second year.