Posted on: Thursday 10 October 2019
More than 130 children from schools across Torfaen have taken part in the Torfaen qualifier for the English Football League (EFL) Trust kid's cup at Cwmbran Stadium.
18 primary schools from Torfaen took part in this year's competition which was organised by County in the Community in partnership with Torfaen Sports Development.
A high standard of football was on display from all teams taking part, with Griffithstown, Pontnewydd, Padre Pio and Nant Celyn Primary Schools all reaching the semi-finals.
This year it was Pontnewydd Primary School that went on to lift the Torfaen EFL cup, beating Padre Pio 4 - 1 in a hard fought final.
All semi-finalists will now go on to represent Torfaen at the Gwent regional finals on the 24th October at Cwmbran stadium.
Teams that successfully reach the Gwent regional semi-finals will go on to compete in the League 2 South competition at Swindon Town FC in March 2020.
Cwmbran High sixth form pupil Luc Payne and sports leader Tayla Hinwood ensured that matches ran smoothly by referring most games and recording stats.
Sports events like the EFL cup help sixth form pupils gain leadership experience as part of their 'coaches of the future' placements and also aids them with their A-level studies.
County in the Community are a registered charity associated with Newport County AFC, working to enhance school sports and promote inclusion across the Gwent region, as well as Literacy, Numeracy and PSHE provision.
Torfaen Executive Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Mandy Owen said, “County in the Community and Torfaen Sports Development do such a fantastic job in organising this event each year.
A fantastic standard of football was on display as always and it was great to see so many players enjoying representing their schools. Well done and good luck to the remaining teams that will represent Torfaen schools in the next round."
Dan Harvey from Newport County in The Community said, “This is our sixth year delivering an EFL Kids Cup competition, along with the other 71 EFL community trusts. We deliver regional qualifying tournaments across Gwent each year, to help take away the financial strain that schools in Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire may face when travelling to Newport based tournaments each year.
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 Torfaen Leisure Trust and the officiating from volunteers, it's a huge plus for us and is very much appreciated.“