There was success for the Chelsea Foundation at Wednesday’s annual Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament with John Keble Church of England Primary School crowned champions at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.
The school qualified for the event at the home of the 2015/16 Premier League champions courtesy of victory in the Chelsea Foundation’s area finals at our Cobham training base.
The school has plenty of experience in the competition. In 2015, the school represented Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane and last year, their team of Year 5 pupils suffered semi-final heartbreak at the hands of Crystal Palace when representing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
But those same players, now in Year 6, returned for the 2018 tournament at the home of Leicester City on Wednesday.
And, in Chelsea's colours once again, they finally got their hands on the Under-11s Mixed trophy when they claimed a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the final having overcome Manchester United in the last four.
‘We were all distraught last year and we didn't want to feel that again,’ said captain Elly. ‘It motivated us for this year.
‘It was hard when we were in the final because everyone was watching us and depending on us to win.
‘We gave our all, tried our hardest and didn't give up. I feel like we did something great.’
John Keble weren’t the only team representing Chelsea with Penwortham Primary School impressing in the under-11 girls competition, but ultimately missing out on qualifying from their group with the winners representing Everton.
The Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament is one of the competition elements of the League’s education programme, Premier League Primary Stars. The Tournament gives participants the unique opportunity to compete against other teams representing Premier League Clubs, on a Premier League pitch and in the playing kit of their side – enabling them to experience the life of a Premier League footballer for a day.
More than 12,500 young people and 1,600 school teams have taken part in this year’s competition, with clubs each having hosted their own regional tournaments to decide who would represent them at the event in Leicester.
The six-a-side matches were officiated by Premier League referees Andre Marriner, Anthony Taylor, Bobby Madley, Kevin Friend, Martin Atkinson and Roger East and each participating team had the chance to have a photo with the Premier League trophy.