2 February, 2024
Budding footballers from Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy’s Under-11s have been named Norfolk County Champions after an incredible final.
Talented pupils from the Great Yarmouth academy, took home the Norfolk County trophy for the first time in over a decade following a victory over Taverham Junior School.
The match was a closely fought encounter, with the Cliff Park pupils taking an early lead in the first half with an exceptional long-range strike from Niamh. Although Taverham equalised in the second half, Cliff Park stayed strong and the match finished level.
The match progressed into a penalty shoot-out with Paige and Sadie scoring the winning goals, after several quality saves from goalkeeper Amelia.
The young footballers were also the winners of the Great Yarmouth district competition back in November and are unbeaten in the league and cup so far this season. They now advance to the regional finals, to be played in Kent in March.
The academy runs teams in three local school leagues: U11 Girls’, U11 Boys’ and U10 Boys’ and participates in two cup competitions, one of which has been running since the 1940s.
Year 6 Lead, Tom Edwards, who set up Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy’s team, said: “This is such an incredible achievement for the U11 Girls’ team – we are so proud of all their hard work and commitment, as well as the team spirit they possess. Things like this don’t happen very often and it may take some time for them to appreciate the magnitude of their achievements so far this year: none of the current players were born the last time we won the County Championship.
“I’m excited to see them continue to grow as players and young people. These opportunities are so important in helping our pupils to progress and develop their sporting skills and confidence together. They are all having a fantastic time playing football, which is the most important thing when it comes to playing sport at a young age.”