After local, county, regional and inter-county rounds, Kilham boys’ football team are in their final preparations for the Danone Nations Cup England. Around 3,000 primary school compete in the U11 national tournaments, which culminate in qualification to this final. The winners of the Inter-Association Trophy then represent England in France at the World Finals, this involves 32 countries from around the world. The global ambassador for the event is none other than Zinedine Zidane.
The boys will no doubt be watching the FA cup final the day before to gain inspiration for the finals. Wayne Overfield has been helping Elaine Atkinson (PE co-ordinator and the boys’ teacher) with the lead-up by organising a few ‘friendly’ matches and weekend training sessions to go alongside lunchtime practices.
The team have been kindly sponsored by Nike for their kit and by several generous donations to help pay the transport costs for the boys and their families. They wish to express thanks to Bridlington Lions Club, North Wolds Lions Club, Driffield District Lions Club and several generous parents for their invaluable help in getting a coach to get to Leicester. The children also organised games and stalls at Kilham CE Primary School’s Easter Fair to help with the cost. The school are hoping to take supporters on a second coach and Kilham School’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) are helping reduce the cost of seats for the ‘fans’ to follow the team.
The event on Sunday 22nd May is made all the sweeter with the hosts, Leicester City, being crowned Premiership Champions. The boys are very excited to play on the pitch at the King Power Stadium where Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Drinkwater, Wes Morgan and the squad have been so successful this season.
It is most unusual to have so much talent in one year group together, however like Leicester City, ‘teamwork’ has also been a key to their success. ‘They are very competitive boys, but have also matured and become very encouraging toward others throughout the school as the year has progressed,’ explained Mrs Atkinson, ‘they look out for each other and thoroughly deserve their success.’ Mr England, Headteacher of Kilham School commented, ‘We are all extremely proud of the boys and we have all enjoyed watching them progress as a team over the year. We are very grateful for all the support we have received and I hope everyone enjoys what should be a very special day for Kilham School!’