Premier League Primary Stars Invitation Tournament, 22nd May 2018

On Tuesday 22nd May eight children from Years 5 and 6 competed in the Premier League Primary Stars Invitational Tournament at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

Ten teams made up of winners and runners-up from tournaments held in five different regions came together to play against each other on the Premier League pitch. These regions are not serviced by one of the network of the 101 partner club community organisations. Teams from West Cumbria, North Wales, Skegness, North Devon and Kent were divided into two pools of five, with a representative of each region in each pool.

Newport lost their first match narrowly 1-0 against Swalecliffe Community Primary School (Kent) who would go on to become runners-up overall. Up next were Ysgol Y Garnedd (North Wales) and after going 1-0 and 2-1 up Newport were disappointed to end up on the wrong side of a 3-2 classic. However, 2 Newport pupils were able to experience the feeling of scoring goals in a Premier League stadium! The third game was against Inglewood Primary School (West Cumbria) who would go on to win the tournament, and after going 2-0 down, a fantastic solo goal was scored by Newport to make it 2-1. Newport threw everything forward to try and get an equaliser, but unfortunately conceded two goals on the break, eventually losing 4-1. Next up was Tower Road Academy (Skegness) and, again, Newport ended up on the losing side after another tight match, losing 1-0. This meant that Newport didn’t make the semi-finals, but instead had a play-off for 9th and 10th position against Danesfield School, Taunton, who they had beaten in the North Devon regional tournament. After going a goal down, Newport showed great character and determination to earn a 1-1 draw.

Although the match results were not quite what the boys would have wanted, the whole experience was absolutely fantastic for them and created life long memories. Walking out of the tunnel at a Premier League ground and playing on such a high quality playing surface was something they will remember for a long time. Two of Newport’s matches were refereed by Premier League referees, Andre Marriner and Steve Martin, and the whole Newport team were able to go inside the Leicester City changing room, having their photo taken with the Premier League trophy and the shirt of a Leicester City player. The Premier League organised an excellent tournament, provided lovely overnight accommodation and all the boys received finalists’ medals and goody bags. Everyone on the trip felt extremely fortunate to have gained such amazing experiences.

Mr Brewer would like to congratulate the boys for their performances this year, and commend them for the way they have conducted themselves throughout. His thanks also go to all the parents who accompanied their child on the trip to Leicester, making it such an enjoyable trip for all concerned.