A primary school in Southampton is getting into the Euros fever with a weekly football competition.

Staff and pupils from Year 6 from Weston Park Primary School have teamed up for their Football Friday competition.

Planning for the competition began in January, with the final held on the school field yesterday.

They were cheered on by fellow pupils in other year groups.

Executive Headteacher of Weston Schools Federation, James Wiltshire, said: “The idea behind the tournament is to promote healthy living, eating well, and sleeping well.

“All our Year 6 children are invited to take part and have to sign a code of conduct, so that they make sure their behaviour in class shows they’re able to meet that code of conduct and they’re eligible to play.”

The five-a-side teams were named after the languages the pupils spoke - with Poland beating Romania 5-2 in the final.

Mr Wiltshire added: “We have more children who have English as an additional language, we’ve got more children speaking different languages and we really want to make them feel that their language is welcomed and celebrated.

“Our final is between Poland (playing in red) and Romania (playing in blue) and those are two of the languages we speak.”

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It’s the sixth year the school has run the competition.

This year the school is hoping to capitalise on the country’s Euros fever, as England fight to bring football home in Germany.

James said: “We make sure we refer to the Euros in assemblies – like we do any high-profile events.

“Many of their parents and carers will be watching and listening to it so we want to get them enthused and actually it does help with attendance too.

“What we want to do is have children who are really looking forward to coming to school, not just because they have to.”

As well as a victory for Poland, England defeated Nigeria 1-0 in a half-time penalty shootout to claim third place.

Mr Wiltshire was also quick to praise his staff for embracing the festivities, saying: “The staff don’t have to give up their lunchtimes or spare time, but they do it because they care, and they’re invested in giving children opportunities.

“So, I have to say a huge thank you to them as it creates a great environment and environment.”