Thanks to the Leeds United Foundation, more than 400 children across the city have taken part in a national grassroots tournament that will see them get the chance to compete for a place to play at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.
The tournament, the EFL Kids Cup ‘Road to Wembley’, has seen around 420 children from 53 schools across the city take part and five schools have now qualified for a place in the next round.
The next stage will see primary schools; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Primrose Lane, St Benedict’s, Gildersome, Greenside and Tranmere Park progress on to the next stage of the competition – ‘The Training Camp’.
The qualifying schools will now get to enjoy a one day training camp at Leeds United’s training ground Thorp Arch which will help them prepare for the tournament finals day in January.
The training camp, taking place on Thursday 17th January, will see each school be allocated their own football coach who will work through a specific training schedule that covers technical, tactical, physical and social elements of football.
Michael Kinsey, Premier League Programme Manager, at the Foundation, said: “It has been really exciting seeing the schools take part in the tournament and we’re looking forward to seeing them progress to the next stage at Thorp Arch.
“It’s a long tournament with schools from around the country taking part but hopefully, with hard work a Leeds school will get to represent the club in May at Wembley.”
The winning school will then complete in a 12 team tournament from other Northern Championship clubs for a place at the final, held at Wembley on the same day as the Championship Play Off final - promising to be a day not to forget.
Well done to all schools that have taken part so far including runner up schools; Meanwood, Woodlesford, Holy Family and St Mary’s Horsforth.