Carlisle United emerged victorious in the Kinder+Sport League Two Kids Cup Final, defeating Wycombe Wanderers 3-0 at Wembley Stadium.
Newlaithes Junior School were the Cumbrians’ winning representatives, while Trevelyan Middle School were representing the Chairboys, in a match played at Wembley Stadium prior to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.
Carlisle took the lead in style when Charlie Parker nicked the ball past a defender and fired an unstoppable effort into the top corner from long range.
It wasn’t long until they doubled their lead either, with Cavan Dand making it 2-0, heading home after another effort from distance deflected into his path.
In the second half, the game was wrapped up by Jack Glendinning, who slid in to poke the ball beyond the Wycombe goalkeeper.
“It feels fantastic to win at Wembley,” Robbie Wilson, a winning pupil from Newlaithes Junior School, said.
“It was amazing to walk up the Wembley steps and lift the trophy. I won’t forget walking out here, the pitch is like a carpet.”
Jose Sanchez – sports leader and class teacher at Newlaithes – added: “It’s such a rewarding feeling that our hard work has paid off.
“We train every Friday in the cold and wet Carlisle weather. It teaches the boys some great life lessons, as well as football skills. We have to be active in life and the Kids Cup helps us to encourage that.
“I can only thank the EFL for putting forward this amazing initiative.”
The EFL Kids Cup, alongside the Girls Cup for under-13s, is sponsored by Ferrero’s Kinder+Sport programme. Encouraging children to be physically active and embrace the joy of moving is one of Ferrero’s key aims and core corporate social responsibility principles, both in the UK and globally. The Kinder+Sport programme is designed to promote active lifestyles through dynamic play and sports among children and their families, and has reached 15 million children in 27 countries to date.
In the UK, Kinder+Sport includes a number of initiatives. The Kinder+Sport Move and Learn programme is a national, school-based education programme delivered in partnership with The EFL Trust that helps children learn about the importance of a balanced diet and regular physical activity. Ferrero also partners with The EFL Trust to deliver two more national competitions, the Kinder+Sport Futsal Cup for the under-16 age group, and the Kinder+Sport Challenge Cup for the under-18s group.
Both competitions encourage children to get involved with sport and physical activity, whilst giving them a unique opportunity to play at football stadiums. Overall, in the academic year 2016/17, Kinder+Sport together with The EFL Trust will reach more than 47,000 children, helping them to be more active and learn about the benefits of an active lifestyle.
Carlisle United (represented by Newlaithes Junior): Kieren Bain (GK), Charlie Parker (captain), Jack Glendinning, Orin Tobin, Robbie Wilson, Jack Dudley, Ellis Moore, Cavan Dand.
Wycombe Wanderers: (represented by Trevelyan Middle): Freddie Ramsden-Head (GK), James Miller, Stoyan Llkov (captain), Jack Arnold, Max Kingsman, Finlay Creffield, Lockie Lee, Thomas Biddulph-Dunlop.
Kits provided by Mitre.