Youngsters from two local schools represented Chelsea Foundation at the Premier League Primary Stars tournament at Molineux on Tuesday.
A mixed team from St Polycarp’s Catholic School and a girls’ team from Holy Trinity Pewley Down Junior School (HTPD) qualified for the event at the home of Premier League side Wolves courtesy of victory in the Chelsea Foundation’s areas finals at our Cobham training base.
St Polycarp’s Catholic School beat Arsenal and drew with Brighton before suffering losses to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, while our girls’ side beat Brighton and West Ham, drew with Tottenham and lost to Arsenal.
While neither teams qualified for the latter stages of the tournament, both teams displayed some great football, togetherness and teamwork which was pleasing for London Schools Coordinator Tyrone Reid.
He said: ‘The PLPS National Football Tournament is a fantastic opportunity for school teams to experience the life of a professional footballer for 24 hours.
‘This year our Foundation was represented by St Polycarp’s and HTPD who were excellent ambassadors for their schools and the club.
‘Overall it was great occasion and the pupils from St Polycarp’s and HTPD were delighted with their Premier League experience and demonstrated the Premier League Primary Stars values; be connected, be Inspiring, be ambitious and be fair.’
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 the day.
More than 1,400 children from more than 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 Wolverhampton.
The six-a-side matches were officiated by Premier League referees including Kevin Friend and Andre Marriner and each participating team had the chance to have a photograph with the Premier League trophy.
For more information on Chelsea Foundations PL Primary Stars programme click here.