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Youngsters take centre stage at the Lane!

22 May 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

The hallowed turf at White Hart Lane played host to the latest edition of a very special annual tournament where the next generation of players take the spotlight.

The Premier League Schools Tournament, now in its eighth season, was contested by school teams each representing their local top flight club, wearing full replica kit and playing in small-sided matches refereed by the likes of Andre Marriner, Phil Dowd and Kevin Friend.

There have been two competitions running over recent months, one for U13 Girls’ teams and one for U11 Mixed teams, with Community Foundations holding tournaments among local schools to determine who would go on to represent their Club.

Tottenham Hotspur was represented in the White Hart Lane finals by Fortismere School in the Girls’ tournament and Oakthorpe Primary in the Mixed tournament having beaten off stiff competition in the locally held heats.

But despite a brave battle, it was our local rivals Arsenal that defeated Everton in the U13 Girls’ final with a late goal, and Liverpool who were victorious in the U11 Mixed final after a dramatic extra time win over Aston Villa.

West Ham United (U13 Girls) and Burnley (U11 Mixed) picked up Fair Play trophies as the various gongs were handed out by special guests Kyle Walker and Spurs Ladies striker Kate O’Leary.

Kyle said: “What a fantastic day these young players have had at White Hart Lane. The opportunity to play at an actual Premier League ground, wearing their favourite club kit and having their matches refereed by proper officials is something they will never forget.

“I was watching the games and the standard was very good – possibly some future Premier League stars in the making!

“Congratulations to the winners of course but I would also like to say well done to everyone who took part and made it as far as the Final.”

A special feature on the Premier League Schools Tournament will air on Match Of The Day Kickabout, 7.45am on CBBC, this Saturday morning.