England legend Sir Geoff Hurst presents Schools' World Cup trophy

PUBLISHED: 09:48 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:17 25 July 2016

Sir Geoff Hurst with Valence Primary School pupils

Sir Geoff Hurst with Valence Primary School pupils


England hero Sir Geoff Hurst was a special guest at the final of the Schools' World Cup.

The tournament, which saw schools from across the borough compete against each other, was held to celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s 1966 triumph.

Valence Primary School in Dagenham, representing Switzerland, beat teams from George Carey, Five Elms and Southwood to win the competition.

The semi-finals and final were held at Dagenham and Redbridge FC’s stadium, in Victoria Road, on Saturday.

“Winning the World Cup was such an incredible moment in my life and I am delighted to join the families of Barking and Dagenham to celebrate that achievement 50 years on,” said Sir Geoff. “This borough has produced many talented players in the past, including my old friend Bobby Moore.”

Leader of the council, Darren Rodwell, said it was important for people to acknowledge the 1966 win because so many players came from the borough.

“Barking and Dagenham played a massive part in England winning the 1966 World Cup and it is important that we continue to celebrate this,” he said.

“Every child who has participated in the tournament will have dreamt about winning the World Cup for England and it is great to have someone like Sir Geoff, who has done so, joining us at the event.”

For more pictures, pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Post.

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