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Wednesday 08 May 2013

Special honour for Schools Tournament winners

Winners of prestigious event at Anfield will receive specially designed trophy

  • The winners of the Schools Tournament will receive a very special trophy on Thursday

  • The team at Swatkins in Walsall proudly display the new trophy

  • There are trophies for both the Under-11 mixed and Under-13 girls categories

When the winners of the Premier League Schools Tournament finals are go up to the dais at Anfield on Thursday, 9 May, there will be something special waiting for them as a reward.

For the first time the champions in the Under-11 mixed and Under-13 girls categories will receive a specially-designed trophy that replicates the Barclays Premier League trophy that will be handed to Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.

The 16-inch replicas have been manufactured by Swatkins, with a team of 34 craftsmen in Walsall recreating the coveted trophy won by United this season. The main body of the cup and handles will be silver-plated and the crown and lions are gold-plated brass.

The winning schools will be the first to have their names engraved on the green-stained mahogany base and they can keep their trophy for 12 months until handing it back for the Premier League Schools Tournament finals in 2014.

"The trophies took five to six weeks to hand-make," said Paul Swatkins, the managing director of Swatkins. "Manufacturing 16-inch replicas of the original Premier League trophy is very complex, and there was a lot of casting and fine detail that had to be created, but we are really proud of what we have accomplished. The replicas look superb.

"We are honoured to be given the opportunity by the Premier League to build the trophies for this marvellous event and are sure that the winning teams will be thrilled at the trophies they will receive."

In addition, all participants will receive a medal on the day with gold ones, going to the winners, silver to the runners-up and bronze to the other teams and, for the first time, the medal cases will be adorned with the Premier League logo engraved by Swatkins.

Draw for the 2013 Premier League Schools Tournament Finals

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

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 will update you with more on the schools representing the 20 clubs. You can follow news on Twitter with hashtag #plschools.

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