Wednesday 01 May 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 this 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 are taking a closer look at the teams involved and how they qualified for the finals, continuing with Groups B and Q. To read about Groups A and P, click here >>
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: Chase Community School (Group B)
Chase came through a difficult regional qualifying tournament to make the finals. They looked to be heading out when trailing 1-0 to Highlands in the semi-finals but Olivia Vales equalised with the last kick of the match and her side went on to win the penalty shootout. In the final they defeated Oasis Academy 2-0, having lost to the school in the group stages.
U11 Winner: Wilbury Primary School (Group Q)
Wilbury have had a tough route to Anfield, having won their local Enfield competition with a penalty shootout victory over Hazelwood. They then lost the first match of the Spurs finals but recovered to make the final against Devonshire Hill. Wilbury fought back after going behind and Malachi Walcott's goal took the match into extra time. The deadlock could not be broken but Wilbury held their nerve to win the shootout 4-2.
U13 Winner: John Spence Community High School (Group B)
John Spence's successful 13 girls team will hope to add the Premier League Schools Tournament to the long list of trophies they have picked up over the last two years. They are North Tyneside Futsal Champions 2012 and 2013, North Tyneside seven-a-side Champions, Regional five-a-side Champions 2012 as well as winning Newcastle United's Schools Tournament. Their star player, Shelly Brogden, is a member of the Middlesbrough Youth Academy team and is currently being scouted by England. The finals at Anfield will be a special moment for their coach Marc Burnip, who is a massive Liverpool fan, although he is slightly jealous as he will not be playing on the pitch.
U11 Winner: St Albans RC Primary (Group Q)
St Albans will arrive at Anfield in style having been afforded the special honour of using the coach that Newcastle United's first-team use for their journeys. Three of the squad, Aidan Williams, Aidan Scott and Mitchel Simpson, all play for the famous Wallsend Boys, which has produced a host of players who have gone on to play for Newcastle. Goalkeeper Sean McGuiness was the hero of the regional event, saving the sudden-death penalty in the semi-finals and then converting his own decisive spot kick. St Albans then claimed victory with a 5-0 final win over Highfield.
U13 Winner: Stratford-upon-Avon High School (Group B)
It is the second appearance in the Schools Finals for Stratford, who represented Villa at the 2012 event at the Emirates Stadium. Striker Lauren Jones, who top scored in London last year, represents Birmingham City's Girls Centre of Excellence, while three other players are set to attend trials for the English Schools FA team. They won Villa's Schools competition with a 3-0 victory over Heart of England School and are current winners of District, County, Midlands, and National Championships.
U11 Winner: Harborne Primary School (Group Q)
Harborne travel to the finals following a 2-0 victory over Tamworth's Two Gates Primary School in the final of the regional tournament. Connor Jones is the team's prolific goalscorer, having rattled off 80 goals in one season. The squad also contains Italian-born Sam, who did not have any kit the first time he went to a training session so had to wear his football pyjamas.
U13 Winner: St Matthews RC High School (Group B)
St Matthews produced a stunning comeback in the Manchester City finals to book their place at Anfield. Comfortably through the group stages, St Matthews went 2-0 down early on in the final. They never gave up, however, and fought back to take the match into extra time before scoring the winner with only 10 seconds left on the clock.
U11 Winner: Beaver Road Primary School (Group Q)
It is a second successive appearance for Beaver Road, having played at the Emirates Stadium with a squad predominantly made up of Year 5 players. They return this year after a hard-fought victory in the regional tournament. The school reached the semi-finals as best runner-up but despite finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time produced a spirited second-half fightback to secure a 4-3 victory.
U13 Winner: Sandwell Academy (Group B)
Sandwell Academy are making their second successive appearance in the Schools Tournament Finals, having represented West Brom at the Emirates Stadium last year, after impressing with an unbeaten campaign in the club's regional event. This season they won the Sandwell U14 League as well as coming second in the U16 competition. The players are also part of the U14 team that defeated St Paul's School for Girls in the semi-finals of the West Midlands Cup. The final is taking place later this term.
U11 Winner: Ridgeway Middle School (Group Q)
A penalty shoot-out victory in West Brom's regional event earned Ridgeway the opportunity to play at Anfield. The school were unbeaten in the group stages, with the help of a last-minute goal in their final match. The final was a tense affair which ended 0-0 after extra time, calling for penalties to decide the outcome and Ridgeway held their nerve in the shootout to win 4-2.
|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.