20 Dec EFL KIDS & GIRLS CUP
These national six-a-side football tournaments aim to encourage children to be active, healthy and develop a strong sense of teamwork. The tournament formats involve every EFL clubs community trust run two local tournaments for schools in their area. For the Kids Cup teams are made up of boys in school years 5 & 6 who battle it out to win the local stage tournament, and the Girls Cup follows a similar format but is played by girls in school years 7 & 8
The winners of the local stage tournaments then go on to represent both their school and the football club in regional rounds against the winners of other clubs local tournaments and are split according to their clubs division. At this stage, all participants are playing for a place in the national final where the winners of the Northern region play against the winners of the Southern region to be crowned champions of the country. Both of the national finals will be played in May 2018 on the hallowed turf of Wembley stadium; the boys before the Sky Bet Football League Play-Off Final and the girls prior to the EFL Trophy Final.
WWSET’s two local cup tournaments saw us host 30 different primary and secondary schools with close to 250 children participating in the day.
The Kids Cup drama was played out first with 4 groups of 4 teams battling it out to become group winners in a Champion’s League style format.
Following the group stages, all the winners were placed in a winners group for the second round, the runners-up in the next group and so on for the last two groups. This meant that all teams played continuously throughout the tournament, nobody was knocked out early, and all the participants could play the second round in an environment where all the teams were of a similar level.
After all, the second round group matches had been played the team crowned winners were the one that came out on top of the winner’s group.
Despite the fact, the overall winners were unbeaten in their original group stages and again in the second round group matches they did come up against very strong opposition and didn’t always have their own way in terms of scoreline or dominating the matches…
However, we can proudly announce that last year’s EFL Kids Cup 2016 -2017 Wembley Finalists Trevelyan Middle School from Windsor retained their status as WWSET’s local stage winners and they will now go on to represent WWFC in the regional round of the tournament so a big congratulation from all of us associated with the club.
All round, the standard of the teams in the Kids Cup was the most impressive we have had over the last few years, but more importantly, the teamwork, sportsmanship and enthusiasm of the players was to be admired by all, which definitely made playing on such a cold day more enjoyable.
The drama continued to unfold in the Girls Cup played later in the afternoon and saw 14 secondary school teams participating and hoping to get their team through to the regional round.
The format for the Girls Cup differed to that of the Kids Cup and was contested by two groups of seven teams who all played each other once before the top two teams from each group progressed to a semi-final stage, and the winners of those on to the final.
The standard of all the girls teams was once again the most notable we have had recently, and the rise in standards was possibly in some part due to a lot of the teams benefiting from having players who are part of the WWSET Girls Elite and Development Academy (EDA) which invites talented players to train with WWSET coaches in order to maximise their playing potential while also competing for their schools and junior clubs at the weekend.
After a hard fought tournament, Princes Risborough School were crowned winners of the EFL Girls Cup scoring in the last minutes of the tight and nail-biting final. They will also now go on to represent WWFC in the next stages of the Girls Cup.
We wish both Trevelyan and Princes Risborough the greatest of luck in the next stages and we will hopefully see the two teams progressing all the way to Wembley this season.