Bobby Moore's legacy celebrated at Schools' World Cup in Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:09 05 July 2016
Move over Euro 2016 - the spirit of the 1966 World Cup was alive and kicking as children took part in a tournament commemorating England's historic win.
Youngsters from 14 schools across the borough took part in the Schools’ World Cup at Goals Dagenham, in Ripple Road, to mark 50 years since Barking’s own Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy.
Year 5 pupils represented different countries in a bid to earn a place in the semi-finals which will take place at Dagenham and Redbridge FC’s Victoria Road ground on Saturday, July 23.
The six-a-side tournament was dreamt up by council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell, who is an avid Hammers fan.
Amusingly, the school representing England had to drop out ahead of the competition, meaning that it wasn’t represented.
Organiser Claire Clark, school games manager at Barking Abbey School, said the event was a great way to mark Bobby Moore’s famous achievements.
“A one-off competition like this has a really fun feel to it,” she said. “Also it’s good because three people from our World Cup team came from our borough.
“The children know of Bobby Moore but they don’t necessarily know about his character but his success is a part of our history.”
Post staff members handed out free water to players and spectators on the day.
The overall winning school will take part in an open top bus parade in Parsloes Park as part of the council’s One Borough One Community event on July 30.
The Post is also donating a montage of Hammers pictures to the winning school to inspire future generations
Cllr Rodwell congratulated the finalists and all the schools involved.
“You never know what will come out of this,” he said. “We could have unearthed the next England great!”
See tomorrow’s Post for our 20-page pull-out containing team pictures, action shots and much more.