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Young Canaries enjoy PL tournament

Teams from two local schools represent City at Goodison Park 

Pupils from Woodlands Primary Academy and Flegg High School represented Norwich City FC in the Premier League Schools tournament at Everton’s Goodison Park on Tuesday.

At the annual tournament, now in its eleventh year, the schools played fixtures against representative teams from other Premier League clubs in two separate six-a-side competitions - an Under 11s mixed tournament and an Under 13s girls tournament.

Both Norfolk based schools claimed their spot in the PL finals having come through a series of qualifying tournaments run by the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) which involved over 900 schoolchildren across the county. 

On the day, the schools took on representative teams from Stoke City, Manchester City, Southampton and Everton but despite valiant performances, both sides were knocked out in the group stages.

Flegg High School

Woodlands Primary Academy finished fourth in their group while Flegg High School, pictured above with the Premier League trophy, narrowly missed out on a spot in the semi-finals.

A tough deciding game against Everton saw the host team defeat the Norwich City side 1-0 in a very closely contested match and meant the girls finished second in their group, conceding only one goal throughout the tournament.

Although the teams did not make it through to the next stage, the young Canaries enjoyed a day to remember in Liverpool.  

The players got to enjoy the authentic Premier League experience, from an overnight stay before the games to marching out of the tunnel to the official Premier League anthem in full Norwich City FC club kit.

Fixtures were even refereed by top Premier League officials including Andre Marriner, Mike Jones and Martin Atkinson.

Woodlands Primary Academy with Everton's mascotFlegg High School celebrating a win

Over a thousand spectators were cheering the teams on at the famous stadium to create a lively atmosphere for the young people competing. TV presenters Lauren Layfield and Mark Wright were also on hand to give words of encouragement to the players.

Siobhan Atkinson, Community Development Executive, Premier League, who organised the event stated:

“This year’s Premier League Schools Tournament has seen the highest level of participation yet and we hope to steadily continue to grow the competition over the coming years.

“The experience for these young people of playing football on a Premier League pitch, under the watch of Premier League match officials, and against schools from across the country is one they will remember for years to come.”

The Schools Tournament will feature on a special episode of BBC Match of the Day Kickabout airing on Saturday 28 May and will then be available to watch on BBC's iPlayer.

To find out more about the Premier League Schools tournament, please contact joe.harvey@canaries.co.uk. 

Story added: 18 May 2016

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