THE FIRST ever Saddleworth Football League presentation evening saw rising stars from seven schools receive their trophies and certificates.
The seven-a-side league was set up in November 2012 by Lauren Grimshaw, a teacher at St. Mary’s C.E. Primary School in Greenfield to give local youngsters a competitive league to play in.
St. Mary’s, Knowsley, St. Chad’s in Uppermill, Friezland, Dobcross, Delph and St. Anne’s Lydgate all took part, with St Mary’s crowned champions after winning all their games.
Knowsley finished as runners up while the Fair Play Award, for positive and courteous attitude, was won by St. Chad’s.
Lauren said: “From playing some friendly matches, I noticed we had a very good football team and decided to set up a competitive league for them to take part in.
“There were some very exciting games and a total of 130 goals were scored! The players displayed great sportsmanship and were a credit to their schools.
“They thoroughly enjoyed it and I think parents did too. Hopefully we can set up something similar next year.
“I’d like to thank all of the players for taking part so enthusiastically and their parents and coaches for bringing the children to matches.
“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Neil Lucas (a parent of a Year 6 child at St. Mary’s) for sponsoring the league through his business ‘Sala Soccer Schools’ and providing all trophies and certificates.”