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Thursday, 23 January 2014
The Junior Boys’ football team has been competing in this year’s Primary School Football Championship. This local league, which pits teams from over forty schools in the Bolton area against one another, was organised by the Bolton Schools' Sports Partnership. The Partnership also arranges swimming galas and other sporting competitions to foster friendly links between schools in the area.
Preliminaries took place at Bolton School in September and on Wednesday at the Eddie Davis Academy, which is the Bolton Wanderers Academy training ground. The Junior Boys team has progressed to the next stage and is competing for the cup, but teams who were knocked out will get the chance to return to Bolton School in February for the first round of the Plate competition.
In today's semi-final round, twelve teams took to the astroturf pitches at the Eddie Davis Academy. Despite bleak and windswept conditions, the pupils from all primary schools played enthusiastically in each match.
They have good reason to push for their best performance: the winning team will go on to represent Bolton Wanderers Football Club in the Football League Trust Kids Cup!
The Football League Trust Kids Cup is held annually, between teams chosen to represent championship clubs through local competitions, such as the Primary School Football Championship. This year, there are a number of prestigious clubs taking part in the regional competition alongside Bolton Wanderers: Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forrest, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic. Each club will send their team to the regional competition, which will be hosted by Bolton Wanderers this year at the Eddie Davis Academy in March. The North regional winner will progress to compete in the final against the South regional winner in May at Wembley Stadium!
This dream is still well within the reach of the boys from Park Road. They comfortably won all their matches on both days, sending them straight through to the next round.
The three other teams competing in the semi-final are Blackrod Church, Eagley and Edgerton.
The boys will face Blackrod Church next Thursday at the Eddie Davies Academy, weather permitting. If they are successful, they will play the winners from the Eagley v Edgerton game in the final on the same day.
We wish them the best of luck!
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