Each season, The Football League organises two cup competitions for junior footballers from schools across the country, with the finals being played in the build-up to some of the biggest matches of the domestic season.
The Kids Cup takes the form of a six-a-side competition for U11 school children. The winners of the local competition then represent the Club in the area, regional and national phases of the competition, where they will face schools representing other League Clubs from around the UK.
Last season, Cardiff City Football Club’s representative team Romilly Junior School from Barry reached the National Final and were lucky enough the play on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium ahead of last season’s NPower Championship Play-Off Final where they narrowly lost out on penalties to Leicester City Football Club’s Martinshaw Primary School.
Cardiff City FC Community Foundation recently ran our local Kids Cup Competition for 2013. The tournament was supported by NPower for the second year running and New Directions, one of the largest education recruitment and training specialists in the UK, continued to support Cardiff City FC Community Foundation.
Howard Burge, New Directions’ Regional Sales Manager said: “The Kids Cup is a competition that New Directions are proud to support. The tournament has given the chance for school children who have travelled from as far away as Hereford and Carmarthen, the opportunity to represent Cardiff City in the next stage of the competition.”
Scott Young, Community Foundation Manager added: “This year we have been fortunate to enjoy additional support from New Directions as well as the continued support from Npower. Linking all three organisations together has made the NPower New Directions Kids Cup a great success. The standard of football played over the nine qualifying days was fantastic to watch”.
The tournament was held in the state of the art House of Sport. 164 Primary Schools attended over 9 qualifying days, meaning that over 1300 children were involved in our local tournament.
The Finals Day took place on Tuesday 6th March. Rogerstone Primary School were the eventual winners after narrowly beating St. Andrew's Primary School (Newport) in the Final.
Stephen McPhail & Rudy Gestede were on hand to see the Final unfold. Cardiff City FC Community Foundation would like to thank both for coming to support the Finals day and meeting the children from the participating schools.
Rogerstone Primary School will now represent Cardiff City FC in the Championship South Regional Finals. They will play against representative teams from Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Millwall, Peterborough & Watford. The Regional Finals will take place on Wednesday 13th March in Leicester.