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Coach is full of praise for his young rowers

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

SO PROUD: Neil Gilson with Endon Hall Rowing Academy captains Bradley Haynes and Isabel Parry, both aged 11.

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SPORTS coach Neil Gilson has guided Endon Hall Primary School's indoor rowing team to national glory.

The former manager of Milton United FC and coach at Port Vale was also head of PE at Holden Lane High School.

However, nothing has made him prouder than his achievements with the youngsters at Endon.

He explained: "In October, I was asked to put together some indoor rowing teams at Endon Hall.

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"We were rowing at 7.45am against schools from all over the country, and against the might and power of private schools.

"But Endon provided both individual and national champions in the under-11s category in Isabel Parry and Bradley Haynes at the British championships in Cardiff, and broke both the British records for the boys' and girls' relay events at under-11s."

The Endon Hall rowers have gone on to to capture 26 medals – 15 gold, 10 silver and one bronze – and will be attending a celebration party organised in their honour next month.

The coach added: "No other school or club in the history of the competition has achieved either of these feats."

Gilson is aiming to repeat his success at Endon Hall at another Moorlands school, Forsbrook Primary School, where he says that after only a month, youngsters are already showing a lot of promise.

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