ON Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th November 2021 Burton Albion Community Trust hosted the local round of the annual EFL Utilita Kids Cup and Girls Cup.

The annual football tournament gives boys and girls from local schools and the community the opportunity to take to the pitch to represent the 72 EFL Clubs across England and Wales.

Inspiring children to be active, healthy and develop a strong sense of teamwork, both the Utlita Kids Cup and Girls Cup are six-a-side competitions offering schools the chance to earn the right to represent their local EFL Club on a regional basis, before culminating in four national finals which will take place prior to the Papa John’s Trophy, Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two Play-Off Finals on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium.

Burton Albion Community Trust were delighted that 4 teams entered the Girls cup and 13 teams played in the Kids cup. During two days of action at Burton Albion Community Football Centre the winner of the Girls Cup was John Port School and the winner of the Kids Cup was Oldfields Hall Middle School with both teams going on to represent Burton Albion FC at the regional finals.

Steve Guest, Women and Girls Coordinator at Burton Albion Community Trust said ‘it is fantastic to be able to bring the girls together from different schools and give them the opportunity to play competitive fixtures in a national competition. Burton Albion FC and BACT are at the heart of this community and being able to provide this experience makes the whole thing worthwhile’.

The Kids Cup on Tuesday 9th November was visited by Tom Hewlett and Louis Moult from Burton Albion FC 1st Team.

What a great event to be part of with some really talented players on show. Its great to see so many young people enjoying playing football in a fun and engaging atmosphere. I love getting out to see what’s happening in our community and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the teams this week’.