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YEAR 8 ELITE FOOTBALL ACADEMY SUCCESS

Our Year 8 Elite Football Academy progressed to the 4th round of The English Schools Football Association Playstation Cup last week, defeating St. Aidan's School from Harrogate. On a bright but cold day at Kepier, with our new school looming in the background, Kepier started on the front foot and after 4 minutes Jack opened the scoring. Any thoughts of an easy victory were soon put to bed however, as St. Aidan's proved difficult to break down, and pressed hard for an equaliser. However, after 20 minutes Jack added Kepier's second, with Joe making it 3 0 at half time on 25 minutes. The second half saw St Aidan's continue to work hard in search of a goal, and when Kepeir did threaten some great defending kept them out. However, in the 53rd minute Charlie added a fourth, and this remained the score at the end of the game. Kepier will play Wright Robinson College from Manchester in the next round. Well done to both teams for a great game of football!

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YEAR 9s PROGRESS TO SEMI-FINALS

Our Year 9 Elite Football Academy have progressed to the semi-finals of The English Schools Football Association Playstation National Cup. The game took place just before we broke up for the Christmas Holidays, the visitors to Kepier being Wolfreton School from East Riding.Kepier started on the front foot, playing some quality football and moving the ball around well. However, they found it difficult to break down a well organised defence, and the first half was some 25 minutes old when a rash challenge from a Wolfreton defender led to a penalty to Kepier, which was dispatched with venom into the top corner by Ben.Kepier's second soon followed, Mason smashing an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box. Wolfreton had their chances however, and were perhaps a shade unlucky to go into the break 2 - 0 down.The second half continued in the same vein, Kepier having large amounts of possession but finding Wolfreton stubborn opponents, thanks to some great defending and a string of outstanding saves from their keeper. However, the third goal for Kepier came when Ben P latched onto a loose ball and squeezed a shot into the net.Full credit to both teams for putting on a fantastic game of football, and we now await news of Kepier's opponents in the semi-final.

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GREAT SKILLS FROM JONAH!!!

Learner Jonah is pictured here with our Elite Football Academy Lead Coach Paul Jenkins. Not only is Jonah part of Kepier's Elite Football Academy but is an avid reader and creative writer. Jonah has read 27 books since starting in September which equates to over 700,000 words, and has also submitted an entry into a national competition organised by Young Writers. Well done!!!

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KEPIER ELITE FOOTBALL ACADEMY PROGRESS TO NEXT ROUND

At a rain soaked Kepier on Wednesday 5th December, our Year 10 Elite Football Academy played St. Aidan's School from Harrogate for a place in the quarter finals of the English Schools Football Association Playstation Cup. In truly horrendous conditions, with torrential rain lashing both players and spectators, the first 15 minutes proved hard work for both teams, Kepier having the majority of possession but St. Aidan's defending well. After 16 minutes, Kepier made the breakthrough with Dunn opening the scoring. After another 5 minutes Gardiner added a second, but despite this St. Aidan's continued to prove difficult to break down further, and at half time were very much still in the game at 2 - 0. However, within 3 minutes of the second half commencing Kepier added a third goal, O'Connor finding the net and settling any nerves. Kepier continued to play some attractive football, but despite having much of the ball throughout the second half it took until the 62nd minute for them to add a fourth goal, Pye smashing in from the edge of the box, with Gardiner adding his second and Kepier's fifth three minutes later to give a final score line of 5 - 0. Well done to both teams for producing a great game in the conditions, and we await the draw for the next round!