Trophies pile up for West Green Primary School soccer stars
WEST Green Primary School's football teams have made the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea look like underachievers.
In an incredible year of success the school's boys' and girls' teams have won four competitions and finished as runners-up in another three.
The school's small size makes the achievements all the more commendable – as it has far less children to choose from than most of its rivals.
And for the first time it has had to purchase a trophy cabinet to make room for all the prizes.
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The West Green Drive school's teams are mainly made up of Year 6 pupils, with a few talented youngsters from Year 5 drafted in.
Year 6 teacher and football coach David Leake has been at the school eight years and was used to its teams winning nothing.
But last season the boys' team won their first competition and this season the prizes have come thick and fast.
Mr Leake said: "It does feel amazing. We've got a particularly strong team this year. We've had so many good players in this year group so we're making the most of it.
"We've got two boys who play with Crawley Town and one who goes to Brighton's training camp.
"A couple of the girls train with the Crawley women's team, the Crawley Wasps. They could turn professional."
When picking the teams Mr Leake doesn't have a huge number of children to choose from.
He said: "We're such a small school. We only have one class per year group so we only have 29 pupils in Year 6 to choose from.
"Lots of other schools in the area are much bigger and will have between 60 and 100 pupils in the year."
The boys' team made the final of every cup competition they contested this season.
As the trophies kept pouring in the teachers realised there was nowhere to keep them all.
But Mr Leake explained: "The head was so pleased he bought a trophy cabinet to put all the trophies and cups in."