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Last Updated: Friday, 3 December, 2004, 17:23 GMT
Pupils play Eton at its own game
Prince Harry playing Wall Game
Prince Harry took part in the game in November 2002
Pupils from a state school are to take on Eton College at one of Britain's oldest and most baffling school games.

Bournville School in Birmingham will become only the second state school to play the often brutal Eton Wall Game.

The 20 pupils are travelling to the Berkshire-based college in the New Year to learn how to play the game.

Described as "open warfare" the game is played at Eton by two teams of 10 along a 118-yard long wall and is one of the oldest forms of football in existence.

Luke Chadwick, 31 who teaches physical education at Bournville School, said intrigued A-Level PE students had recently travelled to Eton to see the game played out and were invited back to learn more.

He said his team would be doing some rigorous practice before the Easter fixture.

The PE teacher said: "To become only the second state school in history to learn the game at Eton is a real honour."

The first state school to compete in the game at Eton was Walton High School, from Walton-on-the-Hill, Staffordshire, whose team was thrashed 4-0 during the fixture in September.


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