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The First Stage of Our Utilita EFL Kids Cup Began This Week!

The initial heat stages of this year’s Utilita Kids Cup competition have now concluded, with 16 local primary schools competing for the opportunity to represent Oldham Athletic at Wembley.

The Cup involves over 16,000 children across the country and creates one of the country’s largest national football competitions, which culminates in exciting finals at Wembley Stadium in front of thousands of fans before a major national final, as school children live out their dream.

The competition which inspires children to be active, healthy, and develop a strong sense of teamwork, discovered Watford footballer Will Hughes and Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, while David Beckham’s former school Chase Lane Primary walked away as 2013/14 Kids Cup League 1 winners, representing Leyton Orient.

The Utilita Kids Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U11 school children and culminates in three finals across the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off weekend in May.

Emily Ashworth, OACT Schools Engagement Manager, commented: We have had a fantastic two days for this years Utilita Kids Cup, we have witnessed some incredible football which was all played in the right spirit.

We are looking forward to welcoming back the eight schools who progressed through to the finals day to determine who will represent Oldham Athletic in the League Two northern finals.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the schools who took part and for helping us to make the competition a success

Check out the highlights from day 1 below.

Check out the highlights from day 2 below.

Schools who took part: St Martins, Hey With Zion, Willowpark, St Pauls, Woodhouses, Hodgeclough, Woodlands, St Annes Royton, Christchurch (Chadderton), St Matthews, Yew Tree, Mills

*Schools in bold advanced to the next round*