It was therefore with some trepidation that the King's Junior School welcomed Division 2 Football Club, Cheltenham Town, to the School for a penalty shoot-out competition.
No trepidation was needed however as the excited children in Lower and Upper Shell (Years 5 and 6) changed out of school uniform and into sports clothing to challenge themselves against the penalty shoot-out machine.
After receiving a demonstration from players David Noble and Craig Braham-Barrett, they were each invited to shoot the ball into the inflatable penalty shoot-out goal. The inflatable's special radar system registers how fast a shot is and the challenge was to find the hottest young boy and girl shot.
Cheered on by their peers there was a wide range of ability among the children taking part but they really enjoyed just having a go whether they achieved a high scoring shot or not. The children also had the opportunity to ask the players questions and to gain autographs.
10-year-old Joshua Barnes said: "It was fun and I wish that I could do it again!"
While 11-year-old James Gryko said: "It was cool seeing the Cheltenham Town players and being able to ask them questions."
11-year-old Bathsheba Glaister Kayley said: "I thought it was really good meeting the players and my fastest shot was 33mph which I was pleased with."
Organising teacher Mr Cooper said: "It was a great opportunity for the children to be involved in this local competition. Thank you very much to Cheltenham Town for giving the children the chance to be involved in such a great competition.
"It was good to see the children challenging themselves to hit the ball as fast as they could. The children really enjoyed taking part and particularly enjoyed meeting the players.
"The winner of the boys competition was Ellis Robson with a speed of 41mph and Cerys King who hit the ball at 35mph. Well done to both of them and all the other children for taking part so well!'