Pupils gear up for Goodison Park trip
Youngsters to represent City in annual Premier League Schools tournament
Tomorrow, two local schools will represent Norwich City FC at the finals of the Premier League Schools tournament at Everton’s Goodison Park.
More than ninety schools (72 primary and 18 secondary) had started on the road to Goodison which saw over 900 schoolchildren across Norfolk fighting for a place in this year’s final.
Representative teams from Flegg High School and Woodlands Primary Academy were the 2016 qualifiers; their reward – a visit to Everton’s homeground to take on schools representing 19 other Premier League teams on May 17th.
Flegg High School, who will represent the Canaries in the Under-13 Girls' category, claimed their spot in the PL finals last November, following in the footsteps of Wymondham High School who came third in the group stage at the Etihad Stadium in 2014.
Meanwhile, Woodlands Primary won the right to compete in the Under-11 mixed category after coming through a 72-team qualifying tournament run by the Community Sports Foundation in February.
All of the students participating on the day will receive an authentic Premier League experience - wearing their Premier League club kit and walking out of the tunnel to the Premier League anthem. To add to the excitement of the day, the matches will be officiated by top Premier League referees including Andre Marriner, Mike Jones and Martin Atkinson.
Joe Harvey, CSF Schools Development Officer, said:
“To go to play on a Premier League pitch where some of the best players in the world have performed is a bit of a dream; both schools have worked extremely hard to get here and this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids.
“We are very much looking forward to heading down next week!”
This year’s competition draw was conducted by Everton full back Leighton Baines and will see Norwich City FC compete against the likes of Manchester City, Stoke City and Everton.
Draw for 2016 event
West Bromich Albion
West Ham United
Story added: 10 May 2016