Alnwick Shrovetide Mob Football trip

Six of the A level Physical Education students watched a traditional game of mob football in Alnwick, Northumberland which is one of only four games which still continue in England. This game has been going for many centuries and has quite a gruesome history but a far more accessible occasion takes place every Shrovetide. The ball is thrown from Alnwick castle by the Duke of Northumberland and then the team walk to the pastures below the castle where two goals have been set up. It is very difficult to see who is playing for the two parishes by the ball is kicked with very few obvious rules or officials present. At the end of the game some presentations are made for good play and the ball is thrown in to the river and the last prize is awarded for the person that gets the ball to the other side of the river. It was definitely an experience and the group also visited several other historic sport venues including Alnwick Cricket, Rugby and Football clubs and also visited Alnmouth Village Golf Club which is the 2nd oldest 9 hole links course in the country. The weather was very kind and the trip enabled the students to link all of what they experienced to many aspects of the Histroy of Sport section of the course.