Two Schools from Mansfield and Ashfield are one step closer to achieving the dream of playing at Wembley Stadium, after reaching Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Club Final of this season’s EFL Utilita Kids Cup.
The competition see’s Children under the age of 11 compete for the chance to represent Football in the Community and Mansfield Town FC against other clubs’ representatives in a divisional regional final, with the overall winner getting to play at Wembley Stadium, prior to the League Two play-off final.
Last season, Bleasby Primary School won the club competition but we’re just pipped to the post by Oldham Athletic in the regional final.
This seasons competition has grown in popularity once more with Football in the Community hosting two qualifying events prior to the club final. Community Manager Gary Shaw said “With such a high demand from Schools we’ve once again added in qualifying events so that children can get maximum playing time and really enjoy the competition.
“The standard once again has been tremendously high and I’m already looking forward to our next qualifier and subsequent club final as the road to Wembley continues”
The first qualifying event saw the competing schools split into two groups, with both group winners progressing to the club final later this month. In Group A, Mansfield’s Berry Hill Primary School gained maximum points from their four games, thanks to a critical 1-0 victory over Peafield Primary, as the two schools tasselled throughout the competition to progress.
Over in Group B it was Croft Primary who made it through, also with maximum points, proving difficult opponents as they went the entirety of the competition without conceding a goal.
Congratulations to Croft and Berry Hill, and a massive well done to all the youngsters involved.