News — May 13, 2013 11:11

Anfield Hosts Premier League Schools Tournament For First Ever Time

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The eighth annual Premier League Schools Tournament has taken place at Anfield Stadium for the first ever time.

Over 300 young footballers took part in the tournament with around 1,000 spectators filling the seats of the famous stadium to see Corpus Christi Primary School, representing Fulham FC, and Stratford-upon-Avon High School, representing Aston Villa FC, crowned the Premier League Schools Tournament Champions 2013, for the U13 and U11 age groups respectively.

Liverpool FC stars, Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson, were both on hand to present the trophy and winning medals to the two champions.

1-Liverpool FC stars,Lucas Leiva&Jordan Henderson, presenting the trophy to Corpus Christi Primary School who represented Fulham FC at Anfield

Lucas Leiva said: “Today has been fantastic. It is great to see the kids enjoying themselves and getting a unique opportunity to play at Anfield.

“As a kid I dreamt about playing at a stadium like this, and I’m sure this is an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The Premier League Schools Tournament is all about increasing participation in football for boys and girls, and offers schools nationwide the chance to team up with their local Premier League club. Each of the 20 Premier League clubs staged their own regional competition to select a school to represent them in the finals at Anfield.

2-Liverpool FC stars, Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson, presenting the trophy to Stratford-upon-Avon High School representing Aston Villa FC at Anfield (1)

 Simon Morgan, Premier League’s Head of Community, said: “It’s very important for our clubs to be engaged with schools, but the key to today is the competitive element.

“Over 9,000 schoolchildren across the country have been given the opportunity to play competitive football through the Schools Tournament this year, which will help them develop not only their football skills but team work, dedication and other life skills as well.”

Liverpool FC’s official mascot, Mighty Red, also made his debut at Anfield for the Tournament. Mighty Red provided entertainment and posed for photos before helping LFC stars Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva hand out the medals.

3-LFC stars, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva, join Liverpool FC Foundation Youth Ambassadors&LFC mascot,Mighty Red,on the podium at Anfield

 Last week the Liverpool FC Foundation, the Club’s official charity, delivered football coaching sessions to schools representing Liverpool FC at the tournament.

Professional coaches from the Foundation’s Football for All programme, which encourages young people to use sport as a facilitator to inspire positive change, visited St John Bosco Art College and Plantation Primary School in Liverpool, to provide essential training tips and boost confidence ahead of the kids’ big day.

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