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Primary soccer showdown

By Laura Taylor, Apr 24 2019 02:29PM

Some of the most talented primary school footballers in the country are set to do battle on Saturday May 4 as part of the world’s biggest football tournament for 10-11-year-olds.

The ESFA U11 Danone Nations Cup National Finals will be held at St Andrew’s Stadium, Birmingham City FC when 32 primary school teams will get a taste of a ‘professional football’ experience.

The competition is organised into four categories including School Teams’ Cup, Small Schools’ Cup, Girls’ Cup and District Team Cup.

Teams have progressed through a demanding qualifying process via district, county and Regional Finals to qualify for this anticipated sporting event.

Eight schools have qualified for the boys’ final including Huntington Primary Academy, Gosforth Junior, Battling Brook Primary, Lowes Wong Junior, Broadstone Middle, Fair Oak Junior, Gerrard’s Cross and Cheam Common Junior.

Finalists in the girls’ final are Easington Colliery Primary, Ovingham Middle, Fulfen Primary, Walkwood Middle, Highnam Primary, St Katharine’s Primary, Long Ridings Primary and Canonbury Primary.

Two and a half million children worldwide take part in the FIFA-approved tournament, the English leg of which is run by the English Schools’ Football Association.