One of the big calendar events for Primary kids is the National Pop tournament, where Primary (elementary) Schools from all over the nation (including Scotland and Wales)enter local and regional competitions in order to qualify for the National Final.
For the staff it’s a long day, usually early start, set up and take down, plus refereeing what is the most frantic paced game of Lacrosse you’ll ever see.
The game is played with the molded plastic stick and a soft ball is used. Teams are 5 a side (must have boys and girls) and the ball can only be carried for 4 seconds. No keepers and small 3 by 3 goals makes it high scoring and exciting.
This year was the 20th National Pop final and the winners were Hale Preparatory School from Cheshire.
On another note the New Zealand girls took on Scotland and lost 18 to nil, then the Scots took on Australia and lost 22 to nil.
Let’s hope the teams were experimental (unless your Australian of course, in which case watch out the worlds in Prague).