Rosehill lift the North Tameside Cup
Saturday 27th June 2015 @ 11:42 by Mark Phillip

Teachers and pupils of Rosehill Methodist primary School were cheering last month as they entered the half term break.


And it’s all thanks to the school football team, who lifted the North Tameside Cup at the start of May.

However, the squad overcame some difficult ties before booking their place in the final against Manchester Road.

Delighted in the way his side had presented themselves throughout the competition was head coach, Chris Martin. He told Reporter Sport “I’m over the moon with the success and it’s the first trophy we’ve won in over six years, so it was good to bring some silverware back to the school.

“We host football training on Monday nights and I’ve seen a massive improvement from those who have turned out every week.”

Equally as delighted with the way things have transpired was year six maths teacher, Simon Davies.

The assistant coach echoed his colleague sentiments and stated: “The thing I’ve really enjoyed about this year’s success is the way in which the squad have actually played like a team.

“A lot of players within the team also play for the likes of Stalybridge Celtic and Curzon Ashton, and I think that’s helped with their understanding on the pitch.”

Although the school will obviously take pride in winning the cup, they also came close in another competition. Simon added “We got through to the quarter final in another cup, so it’s been a fairly productive season overall.”

Not only was Simon delighted in the way his side had conducted themselves throughout the competition, but he also heaped praise on their skilful ability. He commented: “The standard of the games have actually been really good.

“We’ve had a number of what you might call typical cup games, where we went a couple of goals up and then the other team came back.”

Rosehill have also exemplified a resolute attitude throughout the season.

And it was this trait -coupled with their winning ethos -that helped them secure some much needed glory. Simon continued: “We had a game where we went 3-1 down after ten minutes, but we managed to pull it back and grab the winner with only a few minutes remaining.

“Overall it’s been a great standard this year and the team have been involved in some fantastic matches.”

The cup success follows a visit recently made by footballing legend, Patrick Vieira.

Thanks to the schools experience charter, pupils were given the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session with the former Arsenal player.

Simon detailed the importance of such occasions and stated: “The way in which Patrick spoke to the children was great, because it offered them some real encouragement.

“I see the importance of sport and I try to push it as much as I can.

“To have someone of his stature come into the school was really inspirational for everyone involved.”

Although football is becoming increasingly popular at the school, the teachers try and cater for a range of activities.

And with summer fast approaching, it seems as if the pupils will be swapping the goal posts for wickets.

Chris concluded “We’re thinking about entering cricket tournament’s this summer, but we’ve got to find out who’s good enough and who needs a bit more encouragement to participate in things that they normally wouldn’t do.”