Seventeen schools from across the region will battle it out over the next two evenings for a place in our local final, of this seasons EFL Under 11s Kids cup.
King Edwards Primary and Sutton Road Primary have already made it through after winning their respective qualifying heats at the RH Academy, and next Thursday will be joined by two more schools.
The final two qualifying tournaments take place this evening [Thursday 6th] and tomorrow [Friday 7th] at Rainworth’s Joseph Whitaker School, allowing schools to minimize the cost and time of travel.
Each tournament will see schools split into two groups with each group winner then facing off for a place in the grand final.
Thursday’s competition will see two former regional finalists compete in Ravenshead and Halam, whilst Sutton-on-Trent will make their first appearance in the competition.
On Friday the heat really ramps up as Samuel Barlow School, who made it all the way to Wembley a few years ago, return eyeing another trip to the National Stadium, whilst King Edwin will be making their debut in the competition.
Gary Shaw, Community Manager, said “The standard of this year’s competition has been really, really high, and I know the final two qualifying tournaments will be the same as we have plenty of schools competing who have a history of success in our competitions.
“This year has been one of the busiest in terms of schools wanting to get involved and that has really shown in the football we’ve seen so far, I certainly wouldn’t like to predict who will progress through to the next stage!
“What this competition has done has given youngsters who don’t play regularly for a team the chance to do so in a competitive environment, a lot of the kids are now wanting to go and do that which is great.”