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Friday 05 April 2013

Henderson makes tough draw for schools finals

Liverpool midfielder pitches present and former teams against each other in May finals

Jordan Henderson made the draw for this year's edition of the Premier League Schools Tournament Finals and the Liverpool midfielder proceeded to pick his present side against his former team, Sunderland.

As well as Liverpool and Sunderland being paired together in Group D for the final that will take place at Anfield on 9 May, Merseyside rivals Everton are also in the same group, as are Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers.

"It's important to get young kids involved in football and sports so I think this tournament is really beneficial," Henderson told Disney XD's Goalmouth programme.

The full draw is below and applies to the Under-11 mixed teams and the Under-13 girls’ teams.

Qualifying tournaments run by the clubs and their community schemes have had record numbers of children taking part, despite the inclement climate, in the hope of playing in front of the Kop.

As well as playing on the hallowed turf of Anfield, the participating teams will get the Barclays Premier League experience as they walk out the famous players' tunnel at Anfield in the kit of the club they are representing to the theme music that accompanies the players of the Barclays Premier League before each match. All their matches will be officiated by a Premier League official.

Draw for the 2013 Premier League Schools Tournament Finals

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Chelsea Spurs Stoke Liverpool
Arsenal Newcastle Reading Everton
Southampton Aston Villa Fulham QPR
Wigan Man City West Ham Sunderland
Swansea WBA Norwich Man Utd


Henderson conducted the draw for Disney XD’s weekly football programme, Goalmouth, which will be following the Premier League Schools Tournament. Goalmouth is shown on Disney XD at 5.30pm each Thursday.

  • Jordan Henderson conducts the draw with Liverpool's mascot Mighty Red

  • The schools now know who they are playing in the May tournament

Roll of honour

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
Farnborough Road Junior School (Liverpool)
U13 Broughton Hall High School (Everton)

2010 Ewood Park
Oakthorpe Primary School (Tottenham Hotspur)
U13 South Hunsley School (Hull City)

2009 Old Trafford
Dorridge Junior School (Aston Villa)
U13 Durham Johnston Lower School (Newcastle United)

2008 Madjeski Stadium
Ipsley Middle School (Aston Villa)
U13 Broughton Hall High School (Everton)

2007 Old Trafford
St Jude’s C of E Primary (Portsmouth)
U13 St Joseph’s High School (Bolton Wanderers)

2006 The Valley
Gomer Junior School from Gosport (Portsmouth)
U13 N/A

The Premier League Schools Tournament, which is in its eighth year, aims to increase participation and the numbers of teams and players has grown every season. Each of the 20 clubs stage their own competition to select a school to represent them in the finals. As well as Under-13s girls’ teams, there is an Under-11s boys' tournament with the same format taking place on the same day. will update you with the schools representing the 20 clubs. You can follow news on Twitter with hashtag #plschools.

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Key Points

  • Liverpool's Jordan Henderson conducted the draw for the finals of the Premier League Schools Tournament
  • The finals will take place at Anfield on 9 May
  • The midfielder put his present side against his former club Sunderland in a tough group