Folkestone Academy B side are celebrating becoming the first winners of the Kent School Satellite Club competition after participating against four other teams today.

The competition, saw schools come from across Kent and show a fantastic level of skill, seeing how the sport has developed over the last three years. First through Sportivate and then Satellite Club funding, many schools in the county, thanks to support from Kent Sport and coaching from AFD, have been able to participate in a new and popular sport.

Royal Harbour in action

Gur Samuel, Managing Director for AFD commented: It is fantastic to see how far the sport has grown since our first school’s festival in 2015 and the amount of schools now playing and playing well! We can only see this grow and develop and are excited to be working with Kent Sport and local schools to help get more children participating in our great game.”

The tournament at Polo Farm had been eagerly anticipated by the teams involved with Gravesend Grammar, Royal Harbour Academy from Ramsgate, Canterbury Academy and Folkestone Academy all participating, with the latter entering two teams.

Both Folkestone A and Gravesend Grammar got off to flying starts with wins against Royal Harbour and Canterbury, although Canterbury scored a great touchdown to pull back some points.

The first clash of the titans came in round 3 where Gravesend Grammar and Folkestone Academy did battle. Neither seemed to really get an advantage, the skills on both sides essentially cancelling each other out, and it was decided by a mere point with the spoils to Gravesend. Next round was Folkestone Academy B’s chance to spoil the party for Gravesend and give their A team some hope they could still win the championship. A higher scoring game saw the Folkestone B team take victory and leave themselves undeafeated going into the final round of play.

The decider – the battle of the Folkestones!

The title could have gone to any of three teams, but it was going to come down to the teams from Folkestone Academy in the deciding round. Gravesend Grammar held off a determined Royal Harbour to win their game 14-13 but it was Folkestone Academy B who was the winner between the school with a 17-13 victory. That saw them be undefeated for the day and run out championship winners.

All teams showed a great level of determination and skill throughout the competition and it was great to see the teams improve with each round. We look forward to an even greater competition next year.

Our top three teams!

Final list of teams and results were as follows:

1st Folkestone Academy B

2nd Gravesend Grammar

3rd Folkestone Academy A

4th Royal Harbour Academy

5th Canterbury Academy

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