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Oldham Athletic Kids Cup

3 December 2013

Eight schools win through to finals

And their success will rekindle memories of their two trips to Wembley in the last four years after winning through to the national final. 

South Failsworth are one of eight schools to win through to the finals of the Oldham Athletic Football League Kids Cup.

The first round of the Oldham Athletic Cup is now complete, with eight schools progressing to the finals day which will be held in January.

It is a unique competition with the national final taking place on the pitch at Wembley prior to the League One play-off final.

The Kids Cup is a national tournament run by every Football League Community Trust in partnership with the Football League.

This year over 250 young children took part in the Oldham schools' competition with the following primary schools participating: Delph, Stoneleigh, St Anne's Lydgate, St Chad's, Greenfield St Mary's, St Joseph's, Rushcroft, Crompton, East Crompton St James, St Paul's, Christ Church, St Anne's, Mayfield, Richmond, Bare Trees, St Luke's, Thorp, Mills Hill, St Edward's, Corpus Christi, Medlock Valley, Hodgeclough, South Failsworth, St John's, Clarksfield, Whitegate End, Greenhill and St Margaret's.

The first-round stage consisted of three nights, which were held around the borough and the eight schools to progress are: Greenfield St Mary's, St Chad's, St Jospeh's, St Paul's, Richmond, Mills Hill, Hodgeclough and South Failsworth.

The winning school from the Oldham finals day will then progress to the northern final at Walsall, where they will represent Oldham Athletic against other northern clubs League One for a place in the national final at Wembley.

Martin Vose, Community Trust Participation Manager, said: "The Kids Cup nights were a fantastic showcase of young footballing talent within Oldham. The nights were played in a great manner, with respect being the key message to all.

"I'd like to thank all the schools that competed in this year's competition. Without the support from the schools, tournaments like this couldn’t be held. In addition good luck to all those schools that have progressed to the next round."

The Community Trust would like to thank Oldham Community Leisure, Oldham Academy North School and OASIS Academy School for their support in staging this year’s competition.

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