Derby County win the Kinder+Sport Championship Kids Cup

Derby County emerged victorious in the Kinder+Sport Championship Kids Cup Final, defeating Ipswich Town 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Etwall Primary School were the Rams’ winning representatives, while Cedarwood Primary School were representing the Tractor Boys, in a match played at Wembley Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.

Derby raced into an early lead when Jack Perry was put clear – he neatly finished beyond the goalkeeper from an acute angle.

It stayed 1-0 up until the break, and Ipswich came out firing on all cylinders, but the Rams defended doggedly to somehow keep the opposition at bay.

The Tractor Boys’ failure to make the pressure count eventually cost them, when captain Harry Hawkins struck a fierce effort into the bottom corner after his original effort from a free-kick was blocked.

With the final whistle imminent, Ipswich needed something special, and they got it. Reuben Swann, the Tractor Boys’ skipper, opted to go for goal straight from kick-off and the ball managed to find its way into the net. However, the referee did blow for full-time immediately after, meaning it was Wembley glory for Derby.

”It’s amazing, not many people get to do that,” goal scorer Hawkins said, reflecting on the final and the experience at the national stadium.

”We’ve worked so hard to get here. It was a once in a lifetime experience to walk up the Wembley steps and lift the trophy.”

Rick Overstone, co head teacher at Etwall Primary, added: ”I’m so proud, the boys have done so well. We’ve been really well supported in the process by Kinder, the EFL, and Derby County.

”The club have come and done a lot of coaching with the school and it’s worked brilliantly.”

The EFL Kids Cup, alongside the Girls Cup for under-13s, is sponsored by Ferrero and the 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.

TEAMS

Derby County (represented by Etwall Primary): Leo Wilkinson (GK), Harry Hawkins (captain), Conor Livingstone, Aakish Shibu, Jack Perry, Ben Price, Sam Cheetham, Nick Dickens.

Ipswich Town: (represented by Cedarwood Primary): Theo Hume (GK), Davie Goffin, Regan Tuck, Josh Moore, Arun Maudhoo, Lushan Maudhoo, Harry Boon, Reuben Swann (captain)

Kits provided by Mitre.

Written by Alex Butcher, read more at EFL.com: http://www.efl.com/news/article/2016/kindersport-championship-match-report-3726332.aspx#62UeXQHsEm52jKty.99

Carlisle United win the Kinder + Sport League Two Kids Cup

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.

TEAMS

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.

WATCH: EFL Trust Futsal Trophy Final Highlights

Carlisle United became champions of the 2016-17 EFL Trust Futsal Trophy last week, after a terrific display during the finals at Derby Arena.

The competition which began in November, saw eight teams battle it out in the finals starting in two groups of four, with the top two teams of each group making the semi-final stages, and the winners of those making the grand final.

Carlisle United topped their group ahead of Portsmouth, Cambridge United and Mansfield Town and met Bristol City in the semi-final stages.

The other semi-final saw Southampton face rivals Portsmouth after they finished above Bristol City, Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday in their group.

Carlisle United and Portsmouth were the victors of the semi-final stage, so both proceeded to the grand final.

Despite a late fight back from Portsmouth in the decider, the Cumbrians got their hands on the trophy with a 2-1 win.

Watch the video for highlights of the final below:

To find out more about our EFL Trust Futsal and Education programme visit: www.efltrust.com/futsal

Sheffield Utd win the Kinder+ Sport League One Kids Cup

Sheffield United retained the Kinder+Sport League One Kids Cup after a thrilling penalty shoot-out over Oxford United at Wembley.

Norton Free Church of England Primary were the Blades’ representatives, while Our Lady’s Catholic Primary donned the yellow of Oxford, in a match played prior to the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final.

It was Oxford who took the early advantage — Princewill Ehibhatiomhan the first to react to a loose ball after a corner, and making no mistake from close range.

A corner led to the equaliser, too, and it came with the last touch of the first half. A game of head-tennis ensued in the box, and James Roberts was the Blades player to benefit, nodding home from a yard.

The second half saw two stunning strikes, with the pick of the bunch coming from Bradley Taylor. Working space on his left foot, the Sheffield United skipper thumped an unstoppable effort beyond the U’s goalkeeper to turn the game on its head.

However, Ehibhatiomhan doubled his tally with a low right-footed drive from range, and the sides couldn’t be separated again, resulting in a 2-2 draw… and penalties.

After three each, the sides were level at 2-2, taking it to sudden death. Sheffield United scored, Oxford missed, and the League One Kids Cup returned to South Yorkshire.

EFL Kids Cup, Oxford United (represented by Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School) vs Sheffield United (represented by Norton Free Cof E Primary School)

Reflecting on the game, winning captain Taylor said: “I can’t explain what it feels like to score at Wembley! It didn’t sink in until I saw my mum and dad celebrating. I’m so happy we’ve managed to win it.”

David Holland, assistant head of Norton Free C of E, added: “I’m over the moon. We came here last year and won it, and I cant believe it’s happened again — all the players were brilliant.

“It’s the best sports initiative I’ve come across. You get so many children playing football and enjoying it. These competitions are helping the kids’ dreams come true.

“When you enter your teaching career, you do it for moments like this. Seeing the joy on the kids’ faces is something I’ll never forget.”

The EFL Kids Cup, alongside the Girls Cup for under 13’s, 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.

TEAMS

Sheffield United (represented by Norton Free Church of England Primary): Charlie Calvert (GK), Charlie Tait, Sam Rimmer, James Roberts, Callum Howe, Bradley Taylor (C), Toby Woods, Alfie Songjam

Oxford United: (represented by Our Lady’s Catholic Primary): James Molloy (GK), Matthew Webb, Noah Ashton, Arjen Musoni, Ben Ogegbo Lopez, Kieran Walters, Princewill Ehibhatiomhan (C), Elijah Matthews

Kits provided by Mitre.

Written by Alex Butcher, read more at EFL.com: http://www.efl.com/news/article/2016/kinder-sport-kids-cup-match-report-3721454.aspx

12 Teams walk into the 2017 EFL Trust Walking Football Cup Final

This year, over 1500 men and women have represented their local football club in the Walking Football Cup whilst competing for a grand final place in June.

The slow-paced version of the beautiful game, aimed specifically at the over 50’s, has grown enormously over the last few years with proven health and social benefits of its participants. A survey completed during last year’s competition showed that 82% of participants believe their physical health has improved by playing walking football, with 79% of those competing in last year’s competition saying their level of exercise has increased.

Karen, a participant from Coventry City’s Walking Football team said: ”I used to play football and decided that I still wanted to be involved in some way, but as you get older it’s hard as you’re not as fast and fit anymore. So when I noticed that Coventry City had a Walking Football team I had to go down and play!

”I think it’s great for fitness as well as the social benefits. The great thing about Walking Football is you’re still playing the same sport and doing the same things, moving, tackling and shooting. It’s just a little bit slower!”

Over the last few weeks 6 regional finals have taken place across the country, with 72 teams battling for a spot in the grand final at Aston Villa’s training ground on 17th June 2017.

Here are the 12 finalists:

Blackpool FC (Walking Football Champions 2016)

Blackburn Rovers

Bradford City

Cheltenham Town

Colchester United

Dagenham & Redbridge

Gillingham FC

Kidderminster Harriers

Luton Town

Notts County

Plymouth Argyle (Walking Football Cup Champions 2015)

Sheffield United

EVERY PLAYER COUNTS: Disability football festival hosted at DW Stadium

Over 60 young people from Wigan took part in a disability football festival at the DW Stadium yesterday, as a part of the Every Player Counts programme.

The Every Player Counts programme funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust, supports the EFL Trust’s aim of increasing sports participation for all.

Club Trusts deliver activity through the programme, covering  a wide range of disabilities including wheelchair football, football for visual impairment, learning difficulties, amputees and autism. Giving many disabled people access to football for the first time.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust are one of 25 EFL Club Trusts who run the project, seeing coaches visit local schools on a weekly basis to provide free football and sports coaching for disabled young people.

Yesterday young people from four schools across Wigan had the opportunity to play on the DW Stadium pitch, a dream come true for many.

Leeane Conteh, Special Education Teacher at West Lancashire Community High School said: ”I was really impressed that the session was at the DW Stadium today and the students were delighted to get the chance of playing on the pitch.

”Usually they’d be doing their Maths and English lessons so it’s been great to see a different side to them out there today.

”’It’s brilliant to give every player an opportunity and teach them skills that they can then transfer into everyday life. It brings in respect, teamwork and important values.”

To find out more about Wigan Athletic Community Trust click here.

To find out more about Every Player Counts, please click here.

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

The EFL and EFL Trust are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week as our clubs continue to do fantastic work in this area using the power of football.

Mental Health Awareness Week, running from 8th to 14th May, is a national campaign coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation and this year’s theme is ‘Surviving or Thriving?’.

Nearly two thirds of people have admitted they have experienced a mental health problem, following a survey from the Mental Health Foundation.

The Professional Footballers’ Association provides support in this area for its members, with footballers seeking advice from the body.

And the work in football doesn’t stop there, as numerous EFL clubs run programmes in their local communities focused towards mental health, including Notts County and their ‘Right Mind’ programme.

The Right Mind programme works with local women to provide advice and support with mental health issues by offering free physical activity and social sessions once a week.

The programme works with 15 women on a weekly basis and have had over 70 referrals since its conception. One of those women, Helen King, had a nervous breakdown two years ago and has been helped in her recovery by the Right Mind programme.

”I have got ADHD and I have a lot of energy needed an outlet. The programme at Notts County looked appealing and I am so glad I did it,” Helen explained.

”I don’t know how I’d have turned out if I hadn’t come across this, I don’t think I’d have come out after the breakdown, so it’s kind of saved me.”

Elsewhere, Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle both run successful football sessions for adults with mental health issues.

Swindon Town Football Club Community Trust are just one of many EFL clubs who have been working in conjunction with Mind, as a part of the Every Player Counts Project funded by Wembley National Stadium Trust.

Through Every Player Counts, participants have the opportunity to take part in football coaching sessions, social interaction and physical exercise within a safe environment.

One participant in particular, Ian Tanner, who had to resign from his employment position due to acute mental health issues and a diagnosis of schizophrenia and bipolar, has attended over 90% of sessions since joining.

He said: ”The sessions really push me and have certainly increased my confidence levels. I feel very positive after I have finished the sessions.

”I am the eldest in the group and feel very proud that I am able to engage with others doing the sport I have loved all my life.”

EFL Trust Director Of Operations Mike Evans added: ”Across the length and breadth of the country, the community trusts from our EFL clubs are running a range of projects that help people’s mental health, whether directly through specific projects like ‘Right Mind’ or through participation in other sports projects that offer the benefits of exercise and social support, which have proven to improve mental health.”

There are many charities that do work in this area, including Mind. To find out more about Mind, please click here.

To find out about the work the PFA do in this area, please click here.

New Stevenage FC Foundation Partnership To Help Stop Domestic Abuse

A new campaign to reach expectant dads who want to bring an end to hurtful behaviours in their relationships was launched at Stevenage Football Club’s home game on Good Friday, 14th April 2017 against Morecambe FC.

The Stefanou Foundation have teamed up with Stevenage FC Foundation to expand the reach of the campaign, which began with Stefanou sponsoring the Good Friday fixture, with a message that bringing an end to domestic abuse will give families their #BestHomeWin, because ending domestic abuse during pregnancy will make a big difference to the life chances of babies.

A Stevenage based charity, the Stefanou Foundation, has created the Healthy Relationships: Healthy Baby Programme as a new way of working with fathers and mothers who want to break the cycle of domestic abuse and give their baby the best start in life. The programme starts in pregnancy and it supports both parents, whether or not they are together as a couple.

Judith Rees, Director of Healthy Relationships: Healthy Baby, says: “Pregnancy is a time of hope but it can also be frightening for mums and dads if it brings back painful memories of growing up with violence or fear. Our programme works with each parent’s motivation to change and create the family life they want for themselves and their children.”

Clive Abrey, Commercial Director at Stevenage Football Club said: “The Boro is backing the #BestHomeWin campaign to help get across the message that it’s a sign of strength to ask for help to change behaviour. The Healthy Relationships: Healthy Baby Programme team are non-judgmental and supportive. We can see why the programme is working for the families who have joined already.”

Joe Goude, Head of Stevenage Football FC Foundation added: “We know how much Stevenage dads and mums want to be great parents. We are excited to be forming a new partnership with this great local charity that works with dads and mums when it can make the biggest difference. We encourage dads and mums to take up this fantastic offer of early support.”

Stelio Stefanou, Chairman of the Stefanou Foundation, said: “We were delighted to team up with Stevenage Football Club and Stevenage Football Club Foundation for the Good Friday match to help us to reach out to dads and mums who want to turn around their lives and create a new future for their children. We look forward to building our partnership with the Boro.”

The Stefanou Foundation handed out pens to every Stevenage fan (and to all of the Morecambe fans who travelled to the match) to promote the HRHB programme. Stelio and his guests were really excited to meet with Boro Bear for some photo opportunities and to discuss match tactics!

If you are an expectant mum or dad and would like an informal chat about HRHB, please email the Stefanou Foundation at welcome@hrhb.org.uk or ring 07702 538080.

Break the Cycle of Abuse – It could be your Best Home Win – #BestHomeWin