Primary School students do not only score some of the best academic achievements in Orange Walk. There are those students who become some of the best sports athletes as well, and one school in town may very well be honing the skills of some of the best football players the district has known. How so, you ask? Well through friendly football matches amongst classes. Here is a look at the initiative at the La Inmaculada Primary School.

 

Screen_Shot_2014-02-03_at_8.00.36_PMDalila Ical – Reporting

 

Today was a great day for a football match! The morning sun was bright and warm. The teams were dressed and ready to play ball and parents were present to cheer their favourite team on.

 

The players – male and female teams from room six and seven of the La Inmaculada Infant division.

 

The games are part of an initiative that began three year ago, according to Principal Manuel Polanco.

 

Manuel Polanco – Principal


“The whole purpose is to boost up sports with our school particularly football, we have in plans to do other disciplines as well but for right now we are limiting it only to football.”

 

And the only way you don’t get in on the fun is if you attend the preschool section at the school. Other than that, everyone suits up and is part of a team. Plus, with the parent’s support, competitive spirit that comes with the sport has intensified.

 

Manuel Polanco – Principal


“Tremendous, initially when we started it was just to be a competition with no jerseys, no uniform, but then the parents came on board and they said no let’s get uniforms when the competition begin, and the response has ben tremendous.”

 

The games are carried with the basic rules of football and the children who literally play their first game blindly have the best time, as proven by these young players.

 

Dalila Ical – Reporter


“How was the game?

 

Ared

 

“Good, we win and I had a lot of fun.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“Did you play today?”


Maya


“Yes, the game was good, yes I will continue playing.”

 

This morning’s victory was shared. In the female category, room seven’s team, those wearing the blue jerseys, won. Some of them walked off the field feeling extremely confident after their very first football match.

 

Ayisha


“The game was fun”

 

Room Six came out victorious in the male category and their excitement was not contained. (08:13 – children jumping and chanting “we win”.

 

Dalila Ical – Reporter


“Was it very hard?”

 

Aruny

 

“No, I can play football.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“How do you feel about that?”


Aruny


“Fine”

 

And all were very good little sports! According to Polanco, the initiative has come a long way.

 

Manuel Polanco – Principal


“A tremendous difference from when we started three years ago to where they are right now at the beginning when we started football, children had no idea of what is football and they would just run behind the ball, they would move from the field and they would go running all the compound chasing the ball but now they have an idea what football is and they limit themselves within the field and so they know the basic rules of the football game so we are seeing a big difference.”

 

Following the positive response from the parents and seeing the enthusiasm from the students themselves, Principal Manuel Polanco says they will continue the tournaments indefinitely. This year, the tournament should be concluding in May.

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