St Peter's Primary School footballers aiming to qualify for '˜World Cup '˜ in Spain
The all-conquering St Peter's Church of England Primary School football team will attempt to win through to the '˜Under-12s World Cup' this weekend.
The young soccer stars head to the Ricoh Arena – home of Coventry City Football Club – to take part in the national finals of the Danone Nations Cup.
More than 6,000 school teams entered the competion in September last year – and St Peter’s, based in Heysham, have progressed through a demanding qualifying process via district rounds, county rounds and regional finals.
They are now one of just 32 teams left and if they are successful at the Ricoh Arena, they will become this country’s representative at the world finals, which are scheduled to take place in Spain later this year. The Danone Nations Cup is the world’s biggest tournament for children aged 10 to 12-years-old.
Around 2.5million youngsters across the globe have participated in this year’s tournament.
Current stars such as England and Manchester United defender Phil Jones, Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno have all took part in the competition in the past.
The Ricoh Arena is not the only big stage St Peter’s will be playing on this month – on Bank Holiday Monday, they will walk out at Wembley, representing Morecambe FC in a game before the EFL League Two play-off final.
Headteacher Nicola Gomersall said: “This is the first time in the history of St Peter’s that our football team has reached two national finals.
“This is amazing – well done boys.”
MP David Moris added: ““Huge congratulations to the whole team at St Peter’s for making the final of the Danone Nations Cup.
“I am sure the whole of Morecambe and Lunesdale will be behind you when you play at the Ricoh Stadium. Have a fantastic experience and enjoy the day.”
“ with the rest of your team mates and your family.”