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Tuan's Gr-eight!

Boys from Churchfields School, in Church Manorway, represented Greenwich in the Inner London Boroughs seven-a-side trophy at Crystal Palace.

Playing in the moderate learning difficulties event, the team beat Lambeth in the final, with a winning goal from their captain Tuan Ahn Truong.

Churchfield's coach Louis Wilbourne said that he was extremely proud of the way his team had performed throughout the event.

"Our goalkeeper saved a penalty in the semi-final, which enabled us to get through, and Tuan was in brilliant scoring form, hitting a total of eight goals."

In Southampton, the Churchfields team will face strong opposition from 51 other sides from all over the country. In all, there will be a total of 6,000 competitors taking part in various sports.

All of the travel and accommodation is being paid for by the organisers, and the formula for the event is like a mini Olympics, with a parade of participants on the first day and then football heats on the next two. If Churchfields reach the final, it will be played on Saturday, August 19.

In addition to the boys' football success, there were team golds in angling and squash, as well as silvers for the girls' judo squad and boys' football.

Greenwich also received a special award for being the most successful inner London borough during the Games and finished 10th overall behind Havering, who retained the title ahead of the Redbridge and Bexley squads.

Neighbouring Lewisham had some fine individual performers but the nearest it came to a team prize was when it finished fourth in the paddle-sports competition.

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