Thursday 28 February 2013
Qualification for the annual Premier League Schools Tournament has begun with schools across the country competing to represent clubs in this year’s finals at Anfield.
In West London, more than 240 schoolchildren from 30 primary schools braved the cold weather to represent Queens Park Rangers in the under-11 tournament that will take place in May. Despite the conditions, this was almost double the number who took part last year.
"Every match was played with a great buzz and sense of happiness"
The qualification for the finals took place at Goals, Alperton in January and Byron Court Primary School, from Brent, emerged victorious and will wear QPR’s blue-and-white hoops in front of the Kop on 9 May.
"Our under-11 mixed Premier League Schools Tournament was a great success with 30 schools attending and, more importantly, over 240 children enjoying a fantastic day of football," Matt O'Brien, Schools Development Officer at QPR in the Community Trust, told www.qpr.co.uk.
"Every match was played with a great buzz and sense of happiness by all as they battled it out for the chance to represent QPR."
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-11s boys’ teams, there is an Under-13s girls tournament with the same format taking place on the same day.
Premierleague.com will bring you the full draw shortly and will update you with the schools representing the 20 teams. You can follow news on Twitter with hashtag #plschools.