Football: Moorside into national finals

Manchester United's Phil Jones is one of a number of famous players to have taken part in the Danone Nations Cup.
Manchester United's Phil Jones is one of a number of famous players to have taken part in the Danone Nations Cup.

Moorside Primary School have qualified for the national finals of the world’s biggest football tournament for 10 to 12-year-olds.

The Danone Nations Cup UK final, to be played at a top FA venue, is affilated with a host of decorated former players as official ambassadors, including ex-France and Real Madrid captain and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.

The Bowerham Road primary school fought their way to the finals after successfully progressing through the knock-out stages, securing qualification by coming second in their respective group at the North West regional 
final.

Following a 1-0 victory over Denton West End primary school in the semi-final, Moorside were unfortunate to narrowly lose 1-0 at the hands of Valley Gardens Middle School in the final.

Nevertheless, progression to this latter stage still resulted in the Lancaster school securing their place in one of the national finals.

The competition operates across 32 countries ranging from Algeria to Uruguay with approximately 2.5 million children all taking part worldwide.

In previous years, the likes of Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones, QPR winger Junior Hoilett and Tottenham attacker Erik Lamela have each taken part in the tournament.