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ST PETER'S HINDLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL THROUGH TO EFL KIDS CUP NORTHERN FINALS

16 October 2016

St Peter's Hindley beat Orrell Holgate 3-2 in a thrilling final

St Peter’s Hindley Primary School will represent Wigan Athletic in the Northern Finals of The Kids Cup having beaten Orrell Holgate Primary School in a thrilling final at Leigh Sports Village. The event, which was organised by Wigan Athletic’s Community Trust, saw 41 schools from the local area take part, with St Peter’s winning the final 3-2 after the game was decided by a golden goal.

The EFL Kids and Girls Cups are national tournaments for junior footballers which offers children the once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley. Combined, the Cups involve over 20,000 children and create one of the country’s largest national football competitions, which culminate in exciting finals across the EFL Play-Off weekend in May. 

The EFL Kids Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U11 schoolchildren, and all 72 EFL clubs are split into three divisions, in line with club’s divisional status, before being again split into two groups, north and south. The winners of the divisional northern and southern finals will then qualify for the chance to play before the EFL Play-Off final of the relevant division. 

Along with representing Wigan Athletic at the Northern Finals, pupils at St Peter’s Hindley will enjoy their very own training session delivered by the Community Trust and Academy staff at Christopher Park, before meeting the Latics players and management staff. 

Head of Academy, Gregor Rioch, said: “The Kids Cup is a fantastic event organised by the Community Trust, and each year the talent and level of play gets better and better. To have 41 schools from the Wigan area competing at the finals shows just how reputable the competition is.”

He said: “As a club we want to inspire young players, so we hope the experience of meeting the first team squad, and to train at the academy complex, will be an occasion the pupils of St Peter’s Hindley will never forget.”

Wigan Athletic Community Trust provides PE support to over 50 primary schools a year across Wigan. For more information please contact g.nolan@wiganathletic.com or call 01962 488533.

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