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Technology college banned

A city technology college soccer team has been banned from its local league because some local schools are refusing to play against it.

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Schools' Football Association has decided not to allow the under-15s side at the John Cabot City Technology College in Kingswood, Bristol, to take part in league and cup competitions.

Derek Strong, secretary of the football association, said a large number of schools in South Gloucestershire had turned down fixtures with John Cabot, the only technology college in the South-west. There is long-standing opposition from local schools to the level of Government funding for technology colleges.

David Hinkins, head of physical education at John Cabot, said: "Politics has got tied up with sport and our students are losing out."

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