One of the biggest events in the Community Service calendar happened last weekend – the Community Football Tournament.
This annual tournament is hosted at An Phu Primary, and brings together players from An Phu Primary, An Phu Secondary, Tu Xuong Primary, and our Community Partners from Poussieres de Vie, Mai Am Shelter, Green Bamboo Shelter, Binh Loi Social Center, Binh Tho School, and Binh An School.
The players were assigned across twelve teams, each with a mix of BIS players and players from our Community Partners. All the footballers were excited to change into their official football kits and start warming up as a team.
After the knockout rounds, the teams with the best scores entered the semi-final round, where a few games ended with a penalty shootout. The final game came down to Barcelona and Manchester United, with Barcelona coming out victorious!
Every player was awarded a Certificate of Participation, while the players from Barcelona were proud to wear their winners’ medals! They really played together as a team!
The day was a great success, and the Community Service Team would like to thank all the parents who came out to enjoy the tournament. There was an overwhelming response to our appeal for football boot donations, and our Community Partners were happy to receive the shoes!
A special thanks goes to Fox Football, who came out in support of the tournament to help manage the teams. The players were very grateful to be led by professional coaches!
The Loop and the Tuckshop at AP1 donated sandwiches and drinks for all the players, which helped keep their energy up through the final rounds of the tournament!
The Community Service Team would also like to thank the amazing staff and students from BIS who volunteered their time as coaches, referees, scorers, photographers, nurses, sound technicians, and all the other jobs that made the tournament a great success!
And last but certainly not least, we would like to thank all the players who came out to play! The players worked together as a team, despite never having played together before and often overcoming a language barrier. What inspiring community spirit!
Samantha Baker / EAL Teacher and Community Service Leader