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January 23rd, 2017

Nurturing strong links with our local community has been one of Monmouth School’s top priorities since our foundation in 1614.

We have always dedicated time to organising annual outreach events for nearby state schools in order to share our fantastic facilities and resources with the town.

One of the most highly anticipated dates in our calendar, The Grange Monmouth Preparatory School’s Invitational 6-a-side Football Tournament, has just marked its 20th anniversary.

Around 100 budding footballers from six local primary schools came together to compete in the games in January.

Teams of all abilities played a total of 26 games to determine the winners of the coveted cup, bowl, shield and plate.

Paul Morris, Head of PE and Games at The Grange, kicked off the tournament in 1997 during his first year at the school to unite the community through sport and set up more fixtures for pupils.

He told me: “The philosophy of the tournament is that everyone gets to play no matter what their ability is. It’s lovely to see all the other schools within Monmouth getting together and playing in what is always a competitive event, played in good spirits.”

Another positive aspect of the event was highlighted by a governor at Cross Ash Primary School.

He said: “The tournament is brilliant, not just because the children get lots of fresh air and exercise, but they’re also meeting kids of their own age outside their social circles. It’s important that they see other schools as being friends, rather than competitors.”

This friendly competition for pupils in Years 5 and 6 has gone from strength to strength since its foundation in the mid-1990s, and we’re very proud to be carrying on the historic traditions of The Grange.

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