Posted on: Thursday 27 September 2018
More than 180 children from schools across Torfaen took part in the annual EFL (English Football League) Trust kid's cup Torfaen qualifier at Cwmbran Stadium today.
The competition, organised by the Newport County in the Community programme in partnership with Torfaen Sports Development, saw 20 schools enter including last year’s regional champions, George Street Primary School.
Sixth form pupils from Cwmbran High ensured that all matches ran smoothly, playing their part as sports volunteers, referring all the games and recording scores and assists. The event helps them gain leadership experience as part of their 'coaches of the future' placements and also aids them with their A-level studies.
After a fantastic display of football from all teams, the four teams that reached the semi-final stages were George Street, Padre pio RC, Garnteg and Croesyceiliog primary schools. In a hard fought contest, Garnteg Primary narrowly beat Padre Pio RC 3-1 in the final and went on to lift the Torfaen EFL Trust kids cup 2018.
All Semi-finalists will now compete in the Gwent wide finals at Newport International Sports Village on October 22. If successful, they will represent Newport County AFC against some of the best school teams in England, at the penultimate League 2 South competition, before heading on to Wembley Stadium to play the finals.
Torfaen Sports development officer Jacob Guy said, “Great to see so many schools involved and all the pupils having fun. Amazing talent seen throughout the competition. Well done to all involved.“
Torfaen Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Mandy Owen was in attendance, adding, “This year it has been great to see so many primary schools taking part in what is a fantastic sports occasion for young boys and girls across Torfaen.
County in the Community and Torfaen Sports Development do such a fantastic job in organising this event year on year, with this being the fifth successful competition to date. I would like to thank each and every team that participated and congratulations and good luck to George Street, Padre Pio RC, Garnteg and Croesyceiliog, representing Torfaen schools in the next round."
Dan Harvey from Newport County in The Community said, “This is our fifth year delivering an EFL Kids Cup competition, along with the other 71 Football League community trusts. Over the past 3 years we’ve wanted to enrol regional qualifier tournaments across the boroughs in Gwent, to help take away the financial strain that schools in Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire may have felt from travelling to Newport for our tournament year on year.
County in the Community are a registered charity, associated with Newport County AFC. The support we receive from the Sport Development units in each region is integral in allowing us to carry out these large competitions, with the facility provided by Jacob (Torfaen Sports Developement) and the officiating from volunteers being a huge plus for us and is very much appreciated.“