Lancaster school aim to follow in famous footsteps

Mark Cheal and the Moorside Primary School team.
Mark Cheal and the Moorside Primary School team.
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A Lancaster primary school will compete in the national finals of a prestigious football tournament.

Moorside Primary School will travel to Bodymoor Heath, the training ground of Premier League club Aston Villa, for a chance to be crowned Danone Nations Cup champions on Saturday, May 24.

Having first succeeded in the county knockout stages, the Bowerham Road school then triumphed at the regional finals at Walkden High School, Manchester in March to secure their place at the national finals.

The team of Shay Cannon, Lucas Charnley, Sunny Noon, Billy Rowe, Joshua Relihan, Lucas Diamond, Taylor Fagan, Tyrone Dodgson and Sam Shaw have already won an impressive five trophies this season with some also representing professional football clubs.

Mark Cheal, a PE teacher at the school and also an assistant coach with Lancaster City Reserves, praised his team’s efforts so far.

He said: “We have a very good team and I’m very proud.

“They play great attacking football. The players are really excited for the final.”

More than 2.5 million children compete in Danone’s tournaments worldwide with previous players including Premier League footballers such as Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones, Queens Park Rangers winger Junior Hoilett, Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela and Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann.