Monday 29 April 2013
Players from 40 primary school football teams will have the experience of a lifetime when they take part in the Premier League Schools Tournament Finals next month.
Twenty Under-11 mixed teams and the same number of Under-13 girls' teams will contest the trophy at Anfield Stadium on 9 May after coming through qualifying to win the right to represent their local Premier League club.
The 40 teams will sport their Premier League team's colours, use the Anfield dressing rooms and run on to the pitch to the tune of the Barclays Premier League anthem. Their matches on the Anfield turf will be refereed by Premier League match officials.
The Premier League Schools Tournament, which is in its eighth year, is divided into four five-team groups, from A to D in the Under-11 category and P to S in the U13 section. We take a closer look at the teams involved and how they qualified for the finals, beginning with Groups A and P.
To view a video of the draw, which was made by Jordan Henderson, click on the link on the right of this page.
U13 Winner: Chestnut Grove Academy (Group A)
In the Under-13 category, Chestnut Grove Academy from Balham go to their first Premier League Schools Tournament finals by losing only one group match and beating Burntwood School in the regional final on penalties.
U11 Winner: Honeywell Junior School (Group P)
Honeywell Primary School beat Hillbrook School in the final to qualify for the Anfield tournament. Under the guidance of Paul Warbis, the school's PE Coordinator and Year 5 teacher, Honeywell conceded only two goals in seven matches on the way to the finals.
U13 Winner: Stoke Newington (Group A)
Stoke Newington reached the finals with an impressive showing at the Arsenal tournament in February. The girls won all their group matches convincingly before going on to win their final against Holloway School on penalties. They also won the Hackney Schools League without losing a match.
U11 Winner: Canonbury Primary school (Group P)
Canonbury, in Islington, emerged winners after a 16-team qualifying tournament run by the Arsenal Foundation in February. As a reward for reaching the finals, the Canonbury team had the chance to speak and train with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Canonbury, based near the club's Emirates Stadium, previously represented Arsenal at the 2011 Finals in Bolton in the U11 category.
U13 Winner: The Sholing Technology College (Group A)
Sholing won the Under-13 Girls tournament for the first time. The team managed to get through to the final with an impressive 7-0 win in the last four, while final opponents Oasis won their semi-final on penalties. Sholing beat Oasis 1-0 in a hard-fought final to win a place at Anfield.
U11 Winner: Bartley Church of England Junior School (Group P)
Bartley Junior fended off competition from 12 other teams from across Hampshire to win the qualifying tournament at Goals Soccer Centre in Millbrook. They came second in their group in an exciting first stage and they won their semi-final 3-0 against group leaders Foxhills, who had beaten them by the same scoreline. A 5-2 victory against Ludlow Junior in the final earned them the honour of being Southampton's first representatives in the finals since returning to the top flight of English football.
U13 Winner: Deanery High School (Group A)
Deanery will be defending the title that Wigan's representatives St Peter’s High School won last year after beating St Mary’s High School in Astley 3-1 in the final at the Emirates Stadium. They scored 22 goals and conceded only two on their way to the semi-finals against St Peter's, whom they beat 3-2, before beating St Mary's in the final.
U11 Winner: Highfield St Matthew’s Primary School (Group P)
Highfield St Matthew’s came through a field of 44 schools and over 500 children to earn the honour of representing Wigan Athletic at the tournament. They beat St Maries 5-3 in the final to book their Anfield trip and were also given match tickets to a Barclays Premier League match at Wigan’s DW Stadium and a signed Wigan shirt for their school. Read more.
U13 Winner: Dyffryn Comprehensive School (Group A)
Dyffryn will represent Swansea for the second successive year. They finished second in their group at the Emirates Stadium in a memorable run for the school based on the outskirts of coastal town Port Talbot. Five of the players from last year's team will return to represent Swansea at Anfield and also come in to the tournament in good form, having reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Welsh Cup - a title they won last year.
U11 Winner: Hendrefoilan Primary School (Group P)
Hendrefoilan will compete for Swansea for the first time. The school, based in the western suburbs of Swansea, won all nine matches they played in qualifying, conceding only two goals in the process.
|Group A/P||Group B/Q||Group C/R||Group D/S|
|Wigan||Man City||West Ham||Sunderland|
2012 Emirates Stadium
Under-11 winners Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School (Fulham)
Under-13 winners St Peter’s Catholic High School (Wigan Athletic)
2011 Reebok Stadium
U11 Farnborough Road Junior School (Liverpool)
U13 Broughton Hall High School (Everton)
2010 Ewood Park
U11 Oakthorpe Primary School (Tottenham Hotspur)
U13 South Hunsley School (Hull City)
2009 Old Trafford
U11 Dorridge Junior School (Aston Villa)
U13 Durham Johnston Lower School (Newcastle United)
2008 Madjeski Stadium
U11 Ipsley Middle School (Aston Villa)
U13 Broughton Hall High School (Everton)
2007 Old Trafford
U11 St Jude’s C of E Primary (Portsmouth)
U13 St Joseph’s High School (Bolton Wanderers)
2006 The Valley
U11 Gomer Junior School from Gosport (Portsmouth)
Premierleague.com will update you with more on the schools representing the 20 clubs. You can follow news on Twitter with hashtag #plschools.