Mary Dean's enjoy a successful week
YOUNGSTERS from a city primary school have got the first foot on the ladder of footballing success after completing an impressive double.
Mary Dean's School are through to the next stage of a national football competition.
They won the Devon final of the English Schools' Football Association under-11 seven-a-side competition to progress to the regional round.
The Tamerton Foliot school, which had qualified for the county final after winning the Plymouth & District Bettison Trophy, made no mistake at Plymstock School's 3G pitch.
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They were up against Alphington from Exeter and White Rock from Torbay, taking on both schools in a round-robin competition.
Mary Dean's defeated White Rock 3-2 and then Alphington 3-0 to set up their date in the next round.
That success came just four days after Mary Dean's had won the Plymouth and West Devon round of the npower Kids' Cup, which was held at Goals.
Last week's win has earned the school the chance to represent Plymouth Argyle at the League Two finals to be held at AFC Wimbledon in March.
Head teacher and football coach Nigel Sparrow admits the team's success this season is 'fantastic'.
"We've just won trophy after trophy," he said.
"They are a talented group but they are also prepared to work and train hard and they are reaping the rewards."
Many of the football team are also part of the school's successful athletics squad.
They are now looking forward to taking on the country's other best primary school teams.
"By winning the Plymouth & West Devon npower Cup we are now off to AFC Wimbledon to represent Argyle in League Two.
"We have just had the details come through. It is on March 14. It is a long way to go but the kids are really excited about it. It is an opportunity they will all relish."
Mary Dean's will also probably face a long trip to represent Devon in the South West seven-a-side finals at a venue and date to be confirmed.
"The school represented Devon in the finals six years ago," said Sparrow.
"The change in standard is marked as you are competing against other county winners from around the country."
The school have close links with Tamerton Foliot Football Club, who many of their team play for.
Two of their side also play for Argyle.