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Young stars ready for PL Schools Tournament

22 May 2017
2016 Premier League Schools Tournament

Forty schools from across England and Wales set for memorable experience at the home of Chelsea

Schoolchildren from across England and Wales will be following in the footsteps of Premier League champions Chelsea when they compete at the 2017 PL Schools Tournament at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Players from 40 schools will experience what life is like as a Premier League footballer as they represent the 20 top-flight teams in the Under-11 mixed and Under-13 girls competitions on the hallowed turf where Chelsea were presented with the PL trophy just two days ago.

They will wear their club's kit, visit the dressing room and walk out of the tunnel while cameras from BBC Match of the Day Kickabout will be on hand to film the action.

John Keble Primary School from Harlesden, London, will be representing Chelsea in the Under-11 mixed competition and they were special guests at the club's training ground last month as Blues players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Beth England made the PL Schools Tournament draw.

"This tournament is special because I am representing a big team and that's what I really want to do when I am older," said John Keble midfielder Toure.

"I am going to try to forget that there is a crowd. I will just try to play normal football."

2017 Premier League Schools Tournament draw

It is the 12th running of the tournament, which was first played at Charlton FC's The Valley in 2006, and Over the last few months, each of the 20 Premier League clubs have been holding regional tournaments to discover who will represent them this week.

More than 11,000 players and over 1,400 schools have taken part this season.

Tenby Church in Wales will be aiming to retain for Swansea City the Under-11 title that Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castell Nedd won at Goodison Park last year.

Sunderland are again represented by St. Bedes Comprehensive, who triumphed in the Under-13 girls' competition at Everton's ground.

2017 PL Schools Tournament line-up 
Team Under-11 Mixed Under-13 Girls
AFC Bournemouth Epiphany CoE Primary School Bournemouth School for Girls
Arsenal Ashmount Primary School St Albans Girls' School
Burnley Briercliffe Primary School Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College
Chelsea John Keble Primary School Blenheim High School
Crystal Palace Avenue Primary Academy Edenham High School
Everton Farnborough Road Junior School Greenbank High School
Hull Swanland Primary School St Mary's College
Leicester City St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy Thomas Eastley Community College
Liverpool Bidston Avenue Primary School Chesterfield High School
Manchester City St Cuthbert's RC Primary Failsworth School
Manchester United Tyntesfield Primary School Sale Grammar School
Middlesbrough St Patricks RC Primary School Macmillan Academy
Southampton Foundry Lane Primary School The Westgate School
Stoke City Walton Priory Middle School Congleton High School
Sunderland Easington Colliery Primary School St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School
Swansea City Tenby Church in Wales Primary School Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin
Tottenham Hotspur Muswell Hill Primary School Goffs School
Watford Eversley Primary School Longdean School
West Bromwich Albion Witton Middle School Sandwell Academy
West Ham United Longwood Primary Academy Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

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