A local school football team were the guests of the Leyton Orient Academy as they prepare for the biggest tournament of their lives.
Aldersbrook Primary from Wanstead will be representing Leyton Orient in the upcoming Kinder+Sport EFL Kids Cup regional finals with a prize that includes a Wembley Stadium tour and playing the grand final on the hallowed Wembley turf prior to the League Two Play-Off final on May 28!
After winning through a 20-team local schools tournament hosted on the 3G pitch at the Score centre in Leyton, Aldersbrook will now travel to hosts Wycombe Wanderers on February 27 to take on their counterparts from other schools representing their own League Two football clubs. If successful they will then have the right to take on the northern regional winners in a once in a lifetime game at Wembley.
Aslam Hussein, teacher at the school and team coach said: “This is a wonderful gesture by Leyton Orient and we are proud to represent them. Tonight has been a great test for my boys and they would have learned a lot. The excitement is building and we can’t wait to get to Wycombe. To play at Wembley would be absolutely fantastic and we will be trying our very best to do that.”
Leyton Orient Foundation Phase Lead Coach Frederico Morais stated afterwards: “It’s been an absolute pleasure and great experience for our Academy boys to help Aldersbrook prepare for the tough challenge they will face. Leyton Orient Football Club wishes them the best of luck.”
The competition which inspires children to be active, healthy, and develop a strong sense of teamwork, discovered Derby County star Will Hughes, while David Beckham’s former school Chase Lane Primary in Chingford, walked away as 2013-14 Kids Cup League One winners, representing Leyton Orient, and Aldersbrook are determined to repeat the feat.
“We have been close before,” continued Aslam. “Having lost in the local final last year, so we are determined to go all the way this time. The prize is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are so grateful to Orient and the EFL for giving us this chance.”
And Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer at the club said: “Aldersbrook take their sports seriously and always produce decent football teams. I have treasured memories of the last Kids Cup visit to Wembley (with Chase Lane) and can honestly say it is a fantastic day. The hosting and organisation was second to none and the experience is one to be cherished. I sincerely hope Aldersbrook have a little luck to go with their enthusiasm and talent and they make it to Wembley. We’re supporting them all the way!”
Regardless of the outcome at Wycombe, the team have been invited to attend the O’s game against Grimsby on March 11 as guests of the club and will parade their local winner’s trophy during the half-time break. Fingers crossed they will still be in the competition and wearing the red of Leyton Orient at Wembley in May!