Manor Church of England Academy, York, has won the inaugural Diocese of York Cup.

The newest tournament, played between three of the Church of England secondary schools in the Diocese, was first played on the 4th April on the rugby fields of Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull.

Participating were Archbishop Sentamu Academy (Hull), Manor Church of England Academy (York), and Archbishop Holgate’s School (York).

The cold but clear day kicked off with a message from the Principal of Sentamu Academy, Mr Chay Bell, after a professional warm up provided by players from the rugby Super League team, Hull Kingston Rovers.

Starting with a derby match-up with Manor CE Academy beating Archbishop Holgate’s School, and Archbishop Sentamu Academy pitting their A-team and B-team against one another with the A-team winning. Sentamu Academy A-team then went on to lose to Archbishop Holgate’s School in the 3rd place playoffs with a score of 4v3.

In the finals, Manor CE Academy led from the off, but wasn’t given an inch of breathing room by Archbishop Holgate’s School who were hot on their heels. Archbishop Holgate’s School never managed to cinch the lead, and was beaten by Manor CE Academy 4v3.

Will from the winning team was pleased with the team’s victory, saying ‘I didn’t expect it to be that competitive today. It was a great day out and I was really happy to win in the end’

The principal of Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Mr Chay Bell, said 'It was wonderful to have three Diocese schools with us here in Hull for the inaugural Diocese of York Cup. The lads all played with spirit and passion.

'Thank you to all staff who helped organise this event and Mr Foster whose original idea it was. 'Congratulations to the winners, Manor CE school and there's always next year for those who did not win. I hope all will agree it was a brilliant event to take part in.'