Youngsport: St Edward's Junior School to host football's Albert Dix Trophy
ST EDWARD'S Junior School, Cheltenham will be one of the hosts for The Albert Dix Trophy in its 50th year.
The cup competition is part of the Cheltenham and District Primary Football League.
Leckhampton and Lakeside are also the hosts for the 25 schools and around 250 players, who will take part during the afternoon of Friday, March 1.
The schools will play in groups of four or five with only the winning schools from the six groups qualifying through to the final stages.
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St Edward's first won the trophy in 2005 and then repeated the triumph for a second time in 2011, beating Bishop's Cleeve 1-0.
The idea for the tournament came from Bob White, a teacher at Lynworth Primary School, who organised the first tournament at Lynworth.
The school caretaker, Albert Dix, provided the trophy which was named after him and the result has been 50 years of exciting football action.
The Albert Dix Festival is run in addition to the Cheltenham Primary Schools League which itself dates back to at least 1923.
Chris White, Bob's son and International Rugby Referee , took over the organising of the Albert Dix Festival while a teacher at St Mary's Prestbury, which won the trophy five times in succession from 1990 to 1994.
Chris said: "The whole Albert Dix Festival story is a testament to the vision and efforts of so many Cheltenham teachers and school footballers.
"With an average of 200-plus players every year over the incredible 50 years, there must have seen 10,000 local players battling out for honours shared out across the schools of Cheltenham.
"My father and Albert started it all off and their enthusiasm and love of school sport has been carried on by numerous teachers and players.
"When people talk about school sports in decline the Albert Dix stands out as a beacon of the dedication of generations of Cheltonians.
"Dad would have been delighted."