Two schools aim for big final place

John Keble Church of England Primary School and Penwortham Primary School are a step closer to representing Chelsea at the national finals of the Premier League Schools Tournament, after emerging victorious during the Foundation’s London competition.

Earlier this month, a host of London schools took part in the Premier League Schools under-11s’ mixed event at Southfields Academy, with John Keble Church of England Primary School (pictured below) winning the final 3-0 against Honeywell Junior School.

That event was followed by a girls’ only under-13 competition with Penwortham Primary School (pictured above) edging St John’s CE Walham Green School 2-1 in the final thanks to a last-minute winner.

Both schools will now take part in the regional finals at Cobham this week where teams battle it out for the chance to represent Chelsea against their peers from the other 19 Premier League clubs. That will be at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium later this year. 

Chelsea Foundation schools coordinator Tyrone Reid said: ‘We had two great days with both of the tournaments and the standard has been really high.

‘All the schools can be really proud of how their pupils have performed and it was great to see so many smiles on faces as they all looked to be enjoying their football.

‘We’d like to wish both John Keble and Penwortham good luck when they compete at Cobham – I’m sure they’ll both a have a great chance of getting the opportunity to play at the King Power Stadium.’

The annual event, which was established in 2006 and held at Stamford Bridge last May, provides a platform to promote the Premier League Primary Stars initiative, which is supported by each of the 20 top-flight clubs throughout the year.

Each Premier League club holds a tournament for schools in their area for an Under-11s mixed category and Under-13s girls, with winners progressing to the National Finals.