THE Burton Albion Community Football Centre played host to the Utilita Kids Cup last week, which will now see local school, Edgehill Academy, progress to the round, where they will represent Burton Albion FC.
Primary, junior and academy schools from across East Staffordshire attended the regional event with the sole purpose of winning and earning a place at the next round in March.
Burton Albion first team players Jevan Anderson and Jack Livesey also attended the event and took the opportunity to share their knowledge with pupils and staff, as well as talking tactics and showing their support for the teams.
After a tense group stage the semi finals were made up with the following schools competing for a place in the final:
Edge Hill Academy v Richard Wakefield
Thomas Russell v Rykneld
In the final it was a battle of nerves and resilience between Edgehill Academy and Thomas Russell Junior School. After ending level at full time, it went to the dreaded penalty shootout, where Edgehill Academy came out victorious, winning 3-2 on penalties and progressing to the next stage.
Last season over 22,000 school children took part in the competitions, looking to represent their local EFL club and battle for the opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium.
The EFL and Utilita announced a new four-year deal that sees the energy supplier become the Official Title Sponsor of the Kids and Girls Cup competitions.
Utilita are committed to changing lives for the better through football, backing community projects, good causes and encouraging positive energy habits in young people.