16 Dec Kinder +Sport EFL Kids & Girls Cups
Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust have now completed the hosting of our club round of the 2016/17 Kinder +Sport EFL Kids & Girls Cups.
These 2 national competitions aim to encourage children to be active, healthy, and develop a strong sense of teamwork.
The Kinder +Sport EFL Kids Cup comprises of a six-a-side football competition for schoolchildren in years 5 & 6, and culminates in three finals across the Sky Bet Football League Play-Off weekend in May 2017. The format sees all 72 EFL clubs first split according to their divisions, before again being split into two groups, one from the North and one from the South. Teams then battle it out to first win their local club tournament before then representing their school and local club in the regional round where the North and South winners progress to playing at Wembley before the Sky Bet Football League Play-Off Final of the relevant division to see who is crowned the national champions.
The Kinder +Sport EFL Girls Cup follows a similar format but is played by girls in school years 7 & 8 and culminates in a grand final prior to the EFL Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium in March 2017.
The Girls Cup tournament consisted of 12 teams representing schools from across the counties of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
The teams battled it out in two groups of 6 teams with the winners and runners up progressing into a semi-final. The standard of footballing ability was impressive, but what stood out most was the enthusiasm, team work and the participants happiness at being outside playing football (rather than back at school in lessons presumably!).
After two tense semi-finals it was left to Chesham Grammar and Wycombe High School to battle it out in the final, with Chesham Grammar just coming out on top to be crowned winners, and who will go on to play in the regional round in early 2017.
The interest in becoming local Kids Cup champions was huge and saw a record number of 35 teams entered into our tournament with some fantastic matches played across two days. Due to the Kids Cup being played on more than one day we first sought to find a winner on both days who would then come back on another day to battle it out to be crowned the ultimate winners.
The two teams that won on their respective days were Cippenham Primary School from Slough and Trevelyan Middle School from Windsor. These teams were then invited to play the final following a special treat….
WWFC Training Ground Visit
The winners of the Girls Cup and the two Kids Cup finalists were kindly invited by Wycombe Wanderers FC to enjoy a training ground visit on the 13th Dec 2016 and get a behind the scenes look at the daily lives of WWFC’s professional footballers.
Upon arrival at the training ground Gareth Ainsworth and his coaching staff invited all three teams to join them pitch side to watch the 1st team management deliver a high intensity training session to the players which culminated in some small sided matches which our guests cheered on from the side-lines.
Following the training session the children headed inside for a tour of the training ground building where they visited the boot room, changing rooms, gym area, and restaurant.
The kids then finished off their enjoyable morning by having their very own media style question and answer session with WWFC captain Paul Hayes, ‘Mr Wycombe’ himself Matt Bloomfield, the ‘Beast’ Adebayo Akinfenwa and Manger Gareth Ainsworth.
The last exciting part of the already fun-filled day was to find the Kids Cup winner. Whilst the winners of the Girls Cup enjoyed an hour long training session with WWSET coaches in preparation for their regional tournament, the two boys teams squared up to see who would come out on top, and after a hard fought battle Trevelyan eventually reigned supreme.
Both the Chesham Grammar and Trevelyan Middle School teams are now looking forward to the regional rounds of the tournaments where everybody at WWSET and WWFC are sure they will represent the club in fine fashion. I’m sure you will join us in wishing them both the very best of luck and we shall be sure to keep informed of how they get on!