Pupils at a school in St Albans have been crowned champions at the Deaf Schools’ Football Finals.

The tournament in Derby saw 100 people from across England take part with Heathlands School lifting the junior trophy.

Sean Priestley, from Heathlands School, said: "The school were delighted to take part in a day of football which encouraged children to compete with other schools. We are proud that that we were able to lift the junior trophy."

The event was hosted by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in February in association with global major appliance brand Haier.

ESFA chairman Mark Hignett said: "Hosting the Deaf Schools’ finals is an activity the ESFA is proud to support season on season. It has been a great opportunity to bring this activity to the forefront and tie it in with the ESFA’s Schools’ Football Week campaign.

"We hope that promoting this event will encourage other schools for deaf and hearing impaired pupils to take part in future years.

"On behalf of the ESFA, I would like to once again congratulate the Junior team from Heathlands School on their competition win."