29 Mar EFL Futsal Cup Grand Finals sponsored by Kinder +Sport
EFL Futsal Cup Grand Finals sponsored by Kinder +Sport
On Tuesday 28th March the Derby Arena played host to the Grand Finals of the EFL Futsal Cup sponsored by Kinder +Sport in what was a fantastic showcase of football from all teams involved.
The Futsal Cup is a national competition for boys in school years 10 & 11, which begins with all EFL clubs charitable trusts hosting a local tournament for schools in their area. The winners of the local tournament move on to represent their local club in the regional round where a place in the national final (played at the fantastic Derby Arena next door to Derby County Football Club) is up for grabs.
After some hard fought and exciting matches in the regional tournament, John Hampden Grammar School from High Wycombe were crowned as the winners and booked their place in Tuesdays Grand Finals represented Wycombe Wanderers.
The Grand Finals consisted of 2 groups of 4 teams representing EFL clubs from all over the country.
John Hampden was drawn in Group B alongside Newport County, Crawley Town and Burton Albion. All teams played each other once before the top two teams from each group played in the semi-finals to find out who would compete in the final.
Happily for WWSET and WWFC, John Hampden progressed from the group stages in second place by the narrowest of margins with the same points but a superior goal difference to Crawley Town who finished in third place.
Looking the part in their kindly donated brand new Wycombe Wanderers gold and white team strip what the players achieved was incredible, particularly considering the standard of opposition they faced.
Unfortunately they came up against a very strong Bradford City team who ended John Hampdens Futsal journey in the semi-final but both the players and their two teachers/coaches went home proud of their overall performance.
Following their amazing run in the Futsal Cup, Operations Manager of WWSET Chris Milstead had this to say about the day:
“Today’s tournament was fantastically organized and managed by the EFL team of staff. The tournament was played in a very friendly fashion despite the massive prize being played for, and the John Hampden team represented themselves, their school and Wycombe Wanderers superbly. The fact that John Hampden managed to get to the Grand Finals and finish at the semi-finals stage is a great achievement, and one we hope they all enjoyed”