Whilst most of us in the United Kingdom have been enjoying the hot weather over the last week, twelve teams (6 girls and 6 boys) have been spending their time preparing for the Southern Final ahead of the Under 11s Cup Final at Wembley on the 12th of May.
The Southern Final takes place on Tuesday 24th April, starting at 10:30 a.m.
There will be a boys tournament and a girls tournament which will begin with a group stage, all of the teams in both tournaments will play each other once to ensure equal opportunity and a fair competition. Once the teams have played each other, the sides will be entered into the knockout stages of the competition.
There will be a Boys Final and a Girls Final taking place at 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. between the two sets of finalists from both tournaments. The two sets of winners will then play the winners from the Northern Final at Wembley early next month.
- Oxford City will be represented by Windmill Primary, a group of boys who work together amazingly as a team but all have special, bubbly personalities.
- Dagenham & Redbridge team up with Valence Primary. The boys qualified top of their group in the first round to secure a place in the final against Leyton Orient. Despite losing to Orient, Valence Primary were told that both finalist teams would qualify for the Southern finals! They live to fight another day.
- Dartford’s representatives are current Kent Champions Danson Primary School. The boys have had a majorly successful year and hope to carry this on.
- Leyton Orient will be represented by The Churchfields School. The boys were the victors of a nail biting Regional Final, providing strength, versatility and organisation throughout the game. Very best of luck for the boys tournament!
- Maidenhead United’s representatives will be Courthouse. Good luck boys!
- Maidstone United’s boys come from Roseacre Junior School, located in Bearsted, Kent. They won the Maidstone Tournament without losing a game!
- Oxford City and Bedgrove Junior. The team comprises a range of abilities; some already play club football whilst others are simply determined to enjoy as much sport as they can. The girls are very excited to be apart of this day!
- Fleetville Junior School are representing St Albans City, who are a three-form school where Girls Football is extremely popular, with over 50 girls attending sessions in 2017/18. The Girls A Team have competed in a series of competitions this season, winning a tremendous 15/17 of their fixtures!
- Dagenham & Redbridge’s representative school is Henry Green. The girls are deemed to be a hard-working bunch who pride themselves on teamwork. They also enjoy learning about football and love getting the experience by playing matches.
- Maidenhead United will be represented by Cheapside, who are a bunch of enthusiastic, competitive girls who give their best efforts in all that they do.
- Woking’s representatives are the girls from Beaufort and have been very successful over the last few years, picking up approximately 10 titles and competition wins in the local area. The girls also represent the district regularly and strive to be the best they can be in everything they do. Good luck!
- Aldershot Town and Elvetham Heath School. The girls have recently been crowned Hart League Champions for the first time in their history, winning all their league matches, ranking up 19 goals and conceding just once. Impressive!
Good luck to the schools and clubs participating. All of us here at The National League Trust wish you the very best for the tournament!