Life posed quite an obstacle for pupils at St Mary's CE Primary School on Friday - but it did not stop them raising £825 for Soccer Aid.

The school in Yew Tree Road Road was one of hundreds up and down the country to create an obstacle course in their playgrounds to support the children's charity Unicef.

The pupils were allowed to wear their favourite football kit for the day if they contributed to the charity and many were sponsored as well as they took on the obstacle course they had created.

The Government had promised to match everything the school made - so there was even more incentive.

Teacher Luke Plumley said the children planned the course for weeks and wanted to raise as much for Unicef as possible..

He said: "They understand that children's rights are for all children and they want to do their bit to defend play for all children.

"The obstacle course required them to dribble a football through hoops, in and out of cones and into a pop up goal."

To add to the excitement, on Sunday a small group of five pupils and thjree teachers attended the charity-meets-sport-on-live-TV extravaganza at Stamford Bridge - kicked off by Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks and watched by millions on television.

They were interviewed by star TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher.

Said a proud Mr Plumley: "Unicef do a great work in helping children all around the world and we are pleased that we can do our bit to help support them."