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Introducing The WRAT Football Team

Mr Major, Mr Kelly and Mr Carrington are delighted to announce that the first WRAT fixture was played on Wednesday 5th December.

The White Rose Academies Trust Football team consists of five students from each of the academies who represent the Trust.

The opening fixture pitted the WRAT team against an experienced Temple Moor High School side. The boys were unlucky not to win the game but managed a 2-2 draw in a game they dominated.

For their first game as a team the boys performed exceptionally well. Please read the highlights below:

Archie (Goalkeeper) - Archie a year 8 student at LEA, stepped up a year and played in net making some excellent saves putting his body on the line to make sure we got the result we deserved.

Cody and Luke (Left/Right Backs) - Both boys showed their experience in their positions and were calm and composed on the ball, playing some fantastic balls to the wingers. Cody read the game well and managed to silence Temple Moor’s talented striker. Luke showed great confidence and also pulled off some great skills in the game.

Bradley H and Kerubale (Centre Backs) - Brad was solid at centre back and showed great communication to the players around him. Kerubale and Brad both made a couple of last ditch tackles and showed ‘body on the line defending’ providing great protection for Archie the White Rose keeper.

Fredlin (left midfield) - Fredlin showed great determination to work up and down the left wing in the first half, making some crucial tackles and winning corners. Fredlin then showed his versatility by playing on the right in the second half and again showed excellent skill using both feet causing the opposition all kinds of problems.

Bradley S (Right midfield) - Playing out of his natural position Brad was still able to link the defence and attack well and played a vital role in the result helping to drive the team forward.

Khadimou and David (Centre Midfielders) - Both boys dominated the midfield working tirelessly, winning every header, making some fantastic tackles and using their skill on the call to outwit the opposition. Khadimou also scored a well-executed penalty.

Daniel and Harrison (Strikers) - Daniel played extremely well scoring the opening goal for WRAT with a fantastic strike into the bottom corner, leaving the keeper helpless. Harrison who is every defenders nightmare showed his relentless nature by putting pressure on the oppositions defence. He was rewarded for his efforts with a couple of decent chances but was denied by the Temple Moor keeper.

Substitutes -

Theo - Starting on the bench due to an injury, Theo was introduced 10 minutes before half time and had a huge impact on the game. Playing in the number 10 role, he showed great touches and skill and won the penalty to draw us level.

Benjamin - unlucky to start on the bench due to competition for places but Benjamin played well in the second half. Ben linked up well with his team mates creating multiple opportunities for the strikers.

Mr Major, Mr Kelly and Mr Carrington commented “We as a three are exceptionally proud of the team who played an exceptional game without training as a team before hand. They communicated with each other extremely well and demonstrated outstanding team work.

“We look forward to seeing the boys grow as a team and pick up positive results as we develop.”

Mr Whitaker, Executive Principal, said “It is wonderful to see not only the staff across the Trust but the students working together to create something brilliant.

“I know the White Rose Academies Trust Football team will be a great success as our talented students work together with inspiring staff.”