Wednesday 13 March 2013
Almost 50 schools from across Manchester have been battling to represent Manchester City in the annual Premier League Schools Tournament and, in the closely contested finals at the Etihad Campus, Beaver Road Primary School won the Under-11s boys' category, while St Matthew’s RC High School triumphed in the Under-13s' girls.
For Beaver Road it is the second year running that they will wear the City shirts. Having represented the club at the Emirates Stadium last year, this year they will make the shorter journey to Anfield, in Liverpool, along with the other 19 Premier League teams on 9 May.
"Throughout all four days there was a lot of quality football played"
More than 370 children took part in qualifying which was organised by City in the Community and was played across regional rounds from the North, Central & South areas of the city, with four teams going through to take part in the final.
In both categories, the winning teams emulated the City first team's exploits on the final day of last season's Barclays Premier League by winning having trailed with only a minute left on the clock.
The winning teams each got trophies to commemorate their triumph, while the runners-ups got medals and all participants went home with a T-shirt.
"Throughout all four days there was a lot of quality football played and it was evident how much it meant to those players who took part with great commitment and enthusiasm being shown, not to mention the amount of fair play and respect that was clear for all to see," said Gavin Makel, City in the Community’s Football Development Manager.
"The finals were also great games of football to watch and I hope both Beaver Road and St Matthews go on to Anfield and give it a real go.”
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.
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.