On 29 November 2019, local schools were invited to take part in the annual Utilita Kids and Girls Cup to decide a team to represent Leyton Orient in the nation-wide tournament.
The Utilita Kids Cup, a football tournament for under 11s, kick-started the day. Over 100 local Primary School pupils from Loyola Prep; Burleigh; Chase Lane; Aldersbrook; Sybourn; Yardley; Churchfields; Hillyfield; St John Fisher; Burnt Mill; Chingford CofE; George Tomlinson; Mission Grove and Greenleaf played in the tournament at Douglas Eyre, Walthamstow.
Steve Embleton from Leyton Orient Football Club, presented the players with medals and a trophy. The winning team, Aldersbrook Primary School, will now represent Leyton Orient in March, where they will play other teams representing League Two teams.
Next, the Utilita Girls Cup got underway, a tournament for under 13s. 80 students from local Secondary Schools including, Bishop Challoner; Holy Family; Cardinal Pole; Stoke Newington; Mossbourne Academy; Central Foundation; Willowfield and Lammas played. The winning team was Bishops Challoner, who will now represent Leyton Orient in the Area Final at Fulham FC training ground in January.
Leyre Bastyr, player, Leyton Orient Women’s Football Club, presented the players with their medals and trophy.
Both winning teams have been invited to parade their trophies at The Breyer Group Stadium on a match day.
Over 22,000 school children take part in the competition each year, with the aim of presenting their local EFL Club, as they battle for the opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium. The Girls Cup Final takes places before the Leasing.com Trophy Final and the Kids Cup Finals during the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals weekend.
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