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ACS Cobham's athletes win gold at World School Games

Published Monday 18th of February 2019 01:08:57 PM

ACS Cobham International School’s girls’ football team won the gold medal at the Under 11s World School Games, held at Dubai’s Sports City earlier this month. The girls’ football team topped their qualification group and commanded dominant wins in both the quarter and semi-finals. The team’s gold medal deciding match was competitive, with student Natalie Vernier scoring the winning goal in extra time. As well as the girls’ football team, ACS students also competed in swimming and athletics. The whole team, known as the Cobham Cougars, received the ‘School Spirit Award’ for its team comradery, sportsmanship and passion for the tournament. Competing against nineteen other schools, this was ACS Cobham’s first appearance at the World School Games, which brings together the best athletes from schools around the globe in a fun and competitive environment. Adela Checova, ACS Cobham student and team captain, commented: “Going into the competition, you never know how talented the other teams might be. I went into the girls’ football tournament hoping for a gold medal, but to receive one after playing such tough matches was amazing. The Cobham Cougars went into the Games wanting to stay positive and try our best, which we definitely did.” Both the girls’ and boys’ football ‘Golden Boot Awards’ were presented to ACS Cobham students, with Natalie Vernier achieving an amazing 11 goals and Eloy Ferrer scoring five. Other strong achievements by the team included Nathan Fox’s gold medal winning javelin performance and Chloe Reid’s appearance in both the freestyle and backstroke swimming finals. The team placed ninth overall against schools from countries including the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Spain and Russia. Adam Hoult, physical education teacher at ACS Cobham International School, said: “The students had spent many dark winter nights on the track and bright early mornings in the pool and thoroughly deserved to have their team spirit and hard work recognised.” Prior to the start of the Games, students received warm-weather training at Hartland International School from Manchester City Football Club’s development coaches, providing the boys’ and girls’ football teams with a professional and world-class training session. The tournament also demonstrated the behind-the-scenes aspects of an international sporting event, with students taking part in media interviews and photo opportunities for the World School Games social media channels. “The World School Games was a great opportunity for the students to celebrate the talent, diversity and sportsmanship of children from all different backgrounds and, as a school, we are looking forward to attending the Games again in the future,” Mr Hoult adds.
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