As a school, Helsby always prides itself, amongst other things,on our work with the local community and our sporting genes. On Thursday we were able to combine both when the local Police came for the day armed with a 10ft cage, a couple of footballs and a tone of enthusiasm which not even the drizzly February weather could dampen.
Students were invited to take part in the new craze know as ‘panna football’ where a mini 2 v 2 football match takes place inside a caged area. The concept focuses highly on team work, skill and stamina with an even stronger focus on enjoyment.
Helsby student Libby said “It was brilliant, I’ve played football all my life but never played that before, I’m tired now though!”
It even caught the imagination of those who may not have been keen on football previously. Ellie said “I don’t really like football but that was so much fun!”
Those students who chose not to take part in the Panna Football engaged with local PCSO’s and talked about various issues within the community.
PCSO Neil Flanagan said ” I have been coming into Helsby High School for a number of years now and am always pleased at how polite and well-mannered the majority of pupils are, but today myself and my colleagues in particular where amazed at how engaging and polite the pupils where. They were all a credit to the school from Year 7 right through to sixth form students. I hope we continue our positive relationship between the Police and Helsby High School”
Due to the successful nature of the event a further session has been place for the Easter term. A decision which has been well received by the students of Helsby.