A PRIMARY school has celebrated the World Cup with a 38-team festival of football.

About 200 pupils of Ysgol Clawdd Offa in Prestatyn took part in four separate five-a-side tournaments and also raised over £400 for Soccer Aid and Unicef.

More than 90 children from nursery and reception classes took part in a penalty shoot where each was awarded a plastic medal.

The year one tournament featured 24 children, all of whom were likewise given plastic medals, with the five players from the winning team also receiving a plastic trophy each.

Eight teams competed in the year two knockout competition, with eventual winners AFJ FC being presented with real medals and a cast iron trophy by headteacher Martin Edwards.

In the two tournaments for years three/four and five/six, the teams were split into four World Cup-style groups.

The eventual winners were The Tigers for years three/four and The Gunners in the years five/six competition.

The winners were presented with medals and trophies by the head of governors, Sharon Frobisher

Teaching assistant Matt Lewis, who organised the tournaments, said: "The response was phenomenal.

"The competition was wholly well received and I had a number of parents suggesting/asking that the tournament become an annual event.

"In total we raised an amazing £412.82 for Soccer Aid, which the Government will double as a result of being raised within a school."

Alongside the £1 donation from each of the players, the school raised additional funds with a non-uniform/football shirt day, onations from attending parents, face-painting, a raffle and hot dog and lemonade stands. A book sale added £180 to the total.

Mr Lewis added: "I was very touched and impressed with how the children and parents really understood and took the cause to their heart and were desperate to contribute anything they could to raise as much for Soccer Aid as possible."