On the pitch and in your pocket


Robin’s football grows from strength to strength. He tackles keenly, strongly and effectively. He dribbles fast, he shoots hard. Most impressive to me is his presence: without neglecting his position, he manages to burst into play wherever it happens on the pitch. Other parents are noticing too. On three occasions I’ve been asked if he’s been scouted by one of the premier league’s teams in the north-west.


I have the pleasure of knowing both sides of Robin – the forceful, physical footballer and the gentle, playful younger brother. Eliza and Robin disappear for long stretches to play with their collection of thumb sized ‘in your pocket’ creatures. They create stories for these animals, all the while binding themselves closer as siblings and playmates.


Gabe’s start to the football season had been impressive, too. Note was taken at his new school, where he made the starting XI for the first match of the season. And he must have made a positive impression on his classmates too, as he has been elected class representative.


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