WILLOW Tree Primary School in Harrogate had a visit from Leeds United’s Tom Lees this week, as the school once again enters the npower Football League Kids Cup.
Willow Tree finished as last year’s winners and lifted the trophy in style at Wembley Stadium, having made it through the competition that saw 2,000 schools compete in a nationwide programme throughout the season.
Football League clubs arrange local competitions for schools to determine who will represent their club in the national competitions.
Seventy-two school teams each representing one of 72 Football League clubs will then compete in regional and area finals to earn their place at Wembley.
The idea is to drive football participation and all this season’s finals will take place at Wembley.
The npower Girls Cup final, which is open to U13s girls, will be played before the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, while the three npower Kids Cup finals (one for each division) will be played before the Play-Off finals. The npower Kids Cup is open to both sexes at U-11s level.
Clare McDougall, Head of Community & Education at npower, said; “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Kids Cup and Girls Cup again this season and we really hope to see the same levels of enjoyment and talent that was on display in last year’s tournaments.
“Potentially playing at Wembley Stadium is an unbelievable opportunity, so we want to encourage as many schools as possible to get in touch with their local football club and get involved in their local competitions.’
The Football League Trust’s General Manager Mike Evans said; “Delivered by The Football League Trust and the community teams at all 72 clubs, last year over 1,800 schools took part across the country meaning over 14,000 children participated at some stage of the competition.
“The impact and increasing influence of The Football League Trust is apparent by the growing numbers children getting involved in football.”