Bonington Bonanza!

DISAPPOINTMENT might have presided over England's footballers at the World Cup and the British campaign at Wimbledon.

But one corner of Bulwell is celebrating a stunning year of sporting success.

But one corner of Bulwell is celebrating a stunning year of sporting success.

For the ten and 11-year-old youngsters from Bonington Junior School have swept the board in winning competitions in Nottingham in basketball, football and netball and finishing a creditable third in the Nottingham City Olympics.

Head teacher Rob Dunbar said: "I've been in teaching for 32 years and I've never seen a school win like this in one year. The trophy cabinet is stuffed full."

The school's latest triumph came when the under-11s mixed boys and girls' basketball team took the Nottingham City Cup Winners' Cup by beating Burford Primary 16-4 in the final. The 20-strong Bonington squad qualified for the final by winning the city championship and only losing two of 25 matches all season.

The school's mixed under-11s football team, made up of 15 players, beat off 11 teams to scoop the Bulwell League, finishing with an unbeaten record, winning nine and drawing one out of ten matches.

The netball team, made up of 15 girls aged 11 and under, beat eight teams to take the city's netball tournament. It was the first time the school had competed in the sport for several years.

Finally, the school finished third out of the 96 primary schools that took part in the City Oympics. The school team won their regional qualifier and were among 15 schools to take place in sports including 100m, long jump and 4x100m relayin the final at Nottingham University.

Mr Dunbar added: "I'm over the moon with the children's success and it seems success breeds success. We've got some very talented and dedicated physical education (PE) staff.

"We know kids in our area don't always want numeracy and literacy and many love PE. Our PE teachers have put hours and hours in and we have at least two after-school sports clubs."