Knockout day despite the rain

It's a Knockout event held at St. Wilfrid's school, to help raise money towards a student sports trip to Australia.

It's a Knockout event held at St. Wilfrid's school, to help raise money towards a student sports trip to Australia.

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FUNDRAISERS pulled out all the stops last weekend to help send a group of sporty students to Australia.

Teams of teachers and pupils from St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone competed in the ‘It’s a Knockout’ event to raise cash for the school trip.

It's a Knockout event held at St. Wilfrid's school, to help raise money towards a student sports trip to Australia.

It's a Knockout event held at St. Wilfrid's school, to help raise money towards a student sports trip to Australia.

Iain McCabe, event organiser and PE teacher at the school, said the threat of wet weather failed to dampen spirits on the day.

He said: “It was excellent, a lot better than people expected. It was really great fun and I think we certainly covered our costs.

“The forecast was thunder storms so we didn’t get the numbers of people we wanted, but those who did brave it had a really good time.

“We had nearly ten teams jumping through hoops, jumping up and down, going down inflatable slides and into cold water. It was manic, a wacky old day.”

The action kicked off at noon on the school sports fields with an athletics tournament, followed by the main knockout event – inspired by the 1970s TV show – and live music and fairground rides.

Mr McCabe said: “This event was to pay for the extras but we’ve got the money now to go on the sports trip. It was the threat of bad weather that put people off but it’s just one of those things.”

The school has raised around £120,000 over the last 18 months to send 42 netball, football, rugby and squash players from the school to the land down under.

The youngsters will visit schools in Sydney, Perth and Townsville, as well as visiting Cairns, on their two week visit to compete in sports tournaments.

A final fundraising boost will be held on July 6 at Rogerthorpe Manor in Badsworth. The summer ball event is for over-18s and tickets cost £35 each, including a four-course meal.

To buy tickets, contact Mr McCabe at the school on 01977 691000.