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Local sides move closer to Wembley after Kids Cup success

19 January 2022

Children from Kirk Ella St Andrew’s CP School and South Hunsley School will represent the Tigers Trust in a prestigious national football competition.

Each season 72 EFL clubs run a tournament for their local schools, with the winners earning the chance to represent their club and play in their official colours.

The Utilita Kids Cup has engaged over 250,000 children across the nation since its inception 15 years ago, with an estimated 14,000 children aged under 11 taking part this year.

Friday saw South Hunsley win their Utilita Girls Cup regional tournament in Sheffield after beating Scunthorpe United’s represented team in the final.

Speaking after their victory, Tigers Trust Female Engagement Lead Ellie Tanser said: “What a brilliant day we've all had at the area finals for the EFL Girls Cup. Thank you to Sheffield United for hosting. The girls worked their socks off all day and deserved to come away with the win. Everyone is now excited for the next round!"

The same afternoon also saw Kirk Ella edge out Our Lady and Saint Peter RC Primary School in the local final of the Utilita Kids Cup at the Tigers Trust Arena.

Kirk Ella will now travel to Sheffield to take part in the regional finals with the hope and confidence that they can progress once more.

Following Kirk Ella’s victory, Premier League Primary Stars coach Alex Ellerington from the Tigers Trust, said: “To reach this stage, the children have now already won the Tigers Trust's local competition and they are now just one step away from a once in a lifetime experience of playing at Wembley Stadium.”

The Trust would like to congratulate Kirk Ella and South Hunsley on their victories, and would also like to thank all the teams that have taken part across the last couple of months.

To find out more about the competition, please click here.

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