First-team quartet attend community competition
A quartet of Dons first-teamers were on hand to present Corpus Christi Primary School with the winning cup at the AFC Wimbledon Football League Kids Cup tournament.
made time after first-team training to watch the finale of the competition, which is run by the club’s Community Football Scheme (CFS).Peter Sweeney and George Francomb, Luke Moore, Harry Pell
The team from Corpus Christie, based in New Malden, beat Cleves School 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the semi-final, before edging out Stanley Primary School in the final at the Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre.
The six-a-side tournament was the individual club stage of the Football League Kids Cup and Corpus Christi will now compete at a regional level for the chance to play in the national final at Wembley Stadium.
Luke Moore enjoyed attending the tournament and he believes it’s important for the club to stage community events such as this.
“You want to see people coming down to get to know about the club and the more events like this the better,” Luke said. “Some of the football skills on show have been a bit tasty and maybe in years to come we will see a few of the players on our pitch over there. It seems a long time ago now since I was running around in matches like this and kicking a football around all day!”
added that the event increased awareness of what AFC Wimbledon is all about.Paul FoleyA total of 22 schools teams played in the tournament and CFS manager
It is great that our players are here to support the CFS. Hopefully, events like this will increase our reputation and if we get back to Plough Lane we can fill a big stadium.” “It increases our reputation in the area and spreads the word to local schools and the community about what we are doing as a club,” Paul said. “Professional footballers are icons and when players come down it provides extra prestige to the event.
, PE co-ordinator at Stanley Primary School, Teddington, said: “The club has been fantastic for us. Three of the first-team squad came down the other week and provided a brilliant Q & A session at the school. They also stayed on and did a coaching session for our girls team and that was superb.”James Watson
We will feature a video all about the event on our YouTube channel soon with interviews, a penalty shoot-out and footage from the presentation.