Premier League Schools Cup-Road to the Etihad

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Leading Welsh recruitment and training agency – New Directions Education Ltd held the final of their annual schools football tournament on the 14th March 2014. The competition is now in its fifteenth year is one of the highlights of the South Wales schools sporting calendar. The tournament is held in conjunction with Cardiff City Community and Education Foundation.

This year there was added excitement to the tournament as Cardiff City Football Club are currently in the Premier League which meant that the schools would take part in the Premier League Schools tournament. The tournament was held at Cardiff City’s prestigious ‘House of Sport’ an indoor venue with a 3G surface and state-of-the-art-facilities.

After nine days of qualifying group games, 20 schools were through to finals day where they battled it out for the chance to represent Cardiff City in the Premier League national finals.

Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Gymraeg Llantrisant and Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary school were the two teams who made it to the final. After a hard fought final Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary came out on top with a 1-0 victory. Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary will now go on to represent Cardiff City Football club at the Premier league Finals, along with 19 other regional teams at the prestigious Etihad Stadium in Manchester on the 20th May 2014.

Gary Williams, Group Director of Business Development and Sales from New Directions Education presented YGGG Llandaff primary with their trophy and medals.

Gary congratulated both teams on their achievements saying “the tournament each year has grown to be bigger and better; there has been some magnificent football on display. The conduct off and on the pitch from all teams involved was commendable and the teams are a credit to their schools. Both teams should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished by getting to the final”

Joel Hutton, Schools Manager at Cardiff City Community and Education Foundation added   “These tournaments teach the youngsters the fundamental values of being part of a team, whilst instilling a competitive element in them as individuals. It’s great to see the children with whom we engage on a weekly basis translating what they have learnt during training sessions into spirited game play.”