Top-performing five-a-side football teams from The Vale Academy represented North Lincolnshire and took on schools from across the East Midlands in regional finals in Derby.
The boys’ and girls’ teams travelled to the Soccer Dome at Pride Park, home to Championship Derby County, in the English Schools’ Football Association competition after being crowned district champions.
They competed against schools from Nottingham, Hull, Lincoln and Derby.
Teacher Richard Hughes said: “The students had done exceptionally well to qualify for the regional finals.
“At Derby, the girls’ team won two games, drew one and lost one whilst the boys won two, drew one and lost three.
“Although neither team qualified for the semi-finals, the whole experience was one not to be forgotten.
“All students had the opportunity to play at a professional club and use professional facilities.”
Student Jake Forman (12), one of the nine-strong boys’ squad, described it as “an amazing tournament.”
“We played really well as a team and I am delighted that I was top scorer,” he said.
Team-mate Charlie Robinson (11) said: “I am really proud to be captain of an amazing team.”
Holly Ward (11), one of the seven-strong girls’ squad, said the competition was ‘tough’.
“I really enjoy playing football for school, even though the competition was tough, we managed to win two games and draw one.”
Principal Nicola Williams said the Year 7s should be incredibly proud of their achievements.
“They did so well to be crowned five-a-side champions in North Lincolnshire and earn the right to represent the area in Derby,” she said.
“I know they and the staff who accompanied them enjoyed the experience of playing in Premiership-quality facilities.”
The Year 7 boys have enjoyed an unbeaten in the league since starting at the Vale Academy.