Interview with Mr D Finn – Director of Learning: PE
So, could you give a bit of background about the event?
In terms of District Football, all of the districts within Hertfordshire compete in teams. The schools within each of those districts send their most promising sportsmen and women forward for the district representative team. From Year 9, Carter Hudson-Doncaster and Alfie Rastall and from Year 8, Kane England, Oliver Selwa and Jasper Hudson have been chosen and will play their games on Thursdays. All of the teams are run by teachers from the districts, so Mr Russell is running the Under 13s team this year.
Do they play every Thursday, or are their specific dates over the tournament’s period?
Their games are scheduled for Thursdays, but there are a certain number of dates in the year that these games are played – for instance, on the 28th of September, the Under 13 and Under 14 teams played against the Lee Valley teams over at Dame Alice Owens. The Under 13s won 5-2 and the Under 14s sadly lost 3-1 after a heavily competitive game.
How have the matches been so far?
Very well so far: both the Under 13 and Under 14 teams won their opening games, with the former winning 4-3 after being down 1-3 at half time, and the latter winning 4-0.
Is their position just for this year, or will they continue next year?
They have to be selected each year, so what happens is that at the end of this academic year (in the summer, so mid to late June), there will be an email that goes to all schools in each district asking the heads of PE to put forward their best candidates for next year’s teams. They are then placed into matches and drill activities, so that the teacher managers of the teams can scout and pick the players they think will be strongest for their team.
Has this been the case since the tournament was created?
No. It used to be that you could pick as many people as you wanted to, so you could send your entire team for the scouting – obviously, if you have 60 students present and you’re trying to make a team of 11 it can be quite difficult to pick them out. Now, it’s much more hand-picked.
So, they’ve done really well to be picked then.
Definitely, I would say within the district, you’re looking at a lot of competition, and the higher up that sporting triangle it gets the harder it is; they are in the bottom of the top third, so it’s definitely a large feather in their cap.
Congratulations to them and very best in all of their games.
Definitely, best of luck to them.