A junior football club representing Wycombe Wanderers are off to Wembley after reaching the final of the EFL Kids Cup, sponsored by Kinder +Sport.Trevelyan Middle School from Windsor defeated Leyton Orient 3-0 in the regional finals, held at Adams Park on Monday, to progress to the national final which will be played on the hallowed turf beneath the arch before the League 2 play-off final in May.
The EFL Kids Cup is a national competition for boys in school years 5 and 6, beginning with each EFL club’s charitable trust hosting a local tournament for schools in their area. The winners of the local tournament move on to represent their local club in the regional round where a place in the national final is up for grabs.
Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust hosted their local tournament back in December with 38 teams participating. After some hard fought and exciting matches, Trevelyan Middle School were crowned winners and booked their place in Monday’s tournament, played at the home of the Chairboys.
As a reward for winning the local tournament, Trevelyan’s stars were invited to the Wanderers’ training ground in January to meet Gareth Ainsworth and the players, as well as observe a training session, receive a tour of the facilities, and have a Q&A session with Gareth, captain Paul Hayes, Matt Bloomfield and Adebayo Akinfenwa.
In total there were 14 teams representing the southern-based League 2 clubs on Monday: Barnet, Cambridge United, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Stevenage, Yeovil Town and Wycombe Wanderers.
Play commenced with two groups made up of seven teams who all played each other once, before the top two teams from each group played in the semi-finals to find out who would compete in the final.
Trevelyan Middle School went through the group stages unbeaten without conceding a single goal, before continuing their fine run of form by beating Portsmouth 2-0 in the semi-final, and then Leyton Orient 3-0 in the final to be crowned regional champions.
Players, parents and coaches went home very happy indeed and are now looking forward to representing the Chairboys at the home of English football in what will quite possibly be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Following on from the win, Head of WWSET Paul Foley had this to say about the day:
“Today’s tournament was brilliantly organised and managed by the Sports & Education Trust staff. The tournament was played in a very friendly fashion despite the massive prize being played for, and it was a really enjoyable environment for both the players and all the supporters who travelled long distances to be here.
"It certainly wouldn’t have been so successful without the huge support received from Wycombe Wanderers in terms of their permission to use the pitch, so huge credit should go to the club for their generosity in what was a great community event. The fact that Trevelyan finished as winners was the icing on the cake so a big well done to them for their performance; they represented us superbly well!”
The trophy presentation was carried out by Wycombe Wanderers General Manager Michael Davies, who said:
“It was fantastic to be able to host the EFL Trust Regional Kids Cup here at Adams Park supporting our Sport & Education Trust. The players showed great sportsmanship to each other and the skill levels were excellent from all the teams. We wish the Trevelyan School team, their families and teachers a hugely enjoyable day at Wembley.”