Congratulations to John Hampden Grammar School, who represented Wycombe Wanderers and its Sports & Education Trust.On Tuesday 7th February, John Hampden Grammar School took part in the Regional Finals of the Ferrero-sponsored Kinder +Sport Futsal Cup tournament hosted by Peterborough United, which saw teams representing different professional EFL clubs battle it out for a place in the National Finals taking place later this year.
Futsal, the world’s fastest growing indoor sport, showcases close ball skills, increased touches, quick decision making, creativity and tactical nous. Some of the world’s leading football stars, such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as our very own Scott Kashket, honed their ball skills with futsal.
The free-flowing game has witnessed significant growth throughout England and Wales over recent years, as a sport in its own right, and as a fundamental part of football development.
The Kinder +Sport Futsal Cup is an exciting national schools competition for students in years 10 and/or 11, with local competitions organised across the country by EFL clubs in order to find a winning school who then goes on to represent the club in the following round.
The Wycombe Wanderers representatives, John Hampden Grammar School, took part in their regional Futsal tournament at the Kettering Arena. During their four group stage matches the John Hampden team did fantastically well by winning all their games, scoring 14 goals along the way, and only conceding five.
The Wycombe Wanderers representatives then faced Colchester United in the semi-finals where the players showed great determination and spirit to come from 3-1 behind to eventually draw the match. They then held their nerve during a nail biting sudden death penalty shootout to progress to the final.
In their last game, and with a place in the National Finals at stake, the boys faced the task of taking on the hosts Peterborough United. But once again the John Hampden players showed fantastic ability to win the match 4-2 and become regional champions!
Carl Short, PE Teacher at the John Hampden Grammar School and coach of the team, had this to say about the day:
“All the boys had an excellent time. It was a great opportunity to represent not only the school but Wycombe Wanderers as well. Then to go unbeaten all day was an excellent achievement and we can’t wait to test ourselves against the other top school futsal sides in the country at the National Finals.”
Everyone from the Sports & Education Trust and Wycombe Wanderers Football Club send their best wishes and support to the boys for the National Finals and are hoping they bring the trophy back to Wycombe with them!