Greenleaf Primary School’s U11’s football team had the pleasure of a day out of school recently due to being Leyton Orient’s representatives in the Area Finals of the npower Football League Kids Cup held at Crawley Town FC.
The Walthamstow school were winners of our own recent tournament that comprised of 11 other local schools but found it hard going against some exceptionally strong teams including Corpus Christi Catholic Primary representing Brentford FC, the eventual winners, who will now go onto represent the region at the Grand Finals to be played out at Wembley Stadium prior to the League One Play-Off Final.
In the two-group competition, other clubs represented in Greenleaf’s mini-league included Swindon, MK Dons and Portsmouth, whilst group two consisted of Bournemouth, Stevenage, Yeovil, Portsmouth and Colchester.
Andy Morris, teacher and team manager said: “The boys really enjoyed the tournament despite the results. We all thoroughly relished the experience and were proud to be there. And I would also like to thank Leyton Orient for the chance to represent them and for supplying the kit! The boys loved it and looked great!”
And pupil Hasnain Khan said: “I’ve really enjoyed it and wish I could keep the kit! It’s great having a day off school to play football!”
The npower Football league Kids Cup competition has been designed to encourage youngsters to be active, healthy, and develop a keen sense of teamwork whilst enabling Football league clubs a chance to engage with local schools and pupils and promote their work within the local community.
Howard Gould, Club Liaison Officer, commented: “The Greenleaf boys did us proud today, and performed with great enthusiasm. I’d like to personally thank them all for their commitment and determination and look forward to welcoming them to the O’s in the near future.”
Andy and team; Hasnain Khan, Umut Kulhas, Tony Ukshini, Ciar McLarty, Waleed Aslam, Erikas Juozapavicius, Jaydon Ryan-Edwards and Hugo Custodio have been invited to a forthcoming O’s game as guests of the club as a thank you for their efforts.