With the new football season underway, Tranmere Rovers FC Community Team and local education recruitment and training firm New Directions have joined forces for a third successive year to deliver a football tournament for schools across the Wirral.
In what is set to be an action packed competition for primary and secondary teams from the region, Steve Williams, Community Manager says ‘every year we see more and more schools taking part in this tournament. We want to encourage the schools across the Wirral to drive the competitive (but friendly) spirit of their pupils. As a club, we recognise that we have a responsibility to the community around us. Giving young people a platform to showcase their energy and talent is the very least we can do’.
The competition will kick off in October, and the club are inviting schools to get involved from September onwards. Sam Pilling, Branch Manager for sponsors New Directions Education says ‘our team gets involved with the club annually to promote this initiative. It’s a chance for us to help give something back to schools across the area – we appreciate the positive impact that sport has in the classroom, with regards to team work and shared goals’.
Last year the competition had over 45 schools take part in 3 different tournaments – Mixed / Boys under 11’s won by Poulton Lancelyn Primary, Girls under 13’s won by Weatherhead High School and Girls under 11’s with the eventual winners being Greenleas Primary School.
Steve continues ‘we want the schools that took part last year to come and challenge again, and we want those that won to have a go at retaining their title. If you think your school can step up to the mark – watch this space for more details coming soon’.
Games will be played at Weatherhead High School and Pensby High School subject to dates and availability.
Staff from the Rovers Community team will referee the games to add a professional touch to the event.