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Wembley aim at club event

18 November 2015

AFCW Foundation stages tournament at new venue

The AFC Wimbledon Foundation team are once again hosting a great community event with local schools participating in a tournament that could lead to a coveted place at Wembley.

This season’s AFC Wimbledon Kids and Girls Cup will have a new venue with the event staged at Southfields Academy.

Each of the 72 Football League clubs are asked to stage local tournaments for junior footballers with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley as the ultimate goal.

The AFC Wimbledon Girls Cup will be staged on Thursday 26 November with the Kids Cup following on Tuesday 1 December.

Joe Roberts, Sports Development Manager at AFCW Foundation, is looking forward to a great event this year.

“We are extremely excited for this year’s competitions with both tournaments being held at Southfields Academy,” he said. “The Foundation are once again making use of brilliant facilities provided by our good friends at the venue.

“We have schools based throughout the boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Kingston entering teams. The winners of the AFC Wimbledon Kids & Girls Cup will visit our training ground for a coaching session with our foundation coaches. Children may also get the chance to meet first-team players, who could offer some helpful words of advice for our Wembley hopefuls!”

The picture above shows (left to right) Lyle Taylor, Tom Elliott, Karleigh Osborne and AFC Wimbledon Ladies player Alysha Clements with children at the summer launch of the Foundation’s holiday courses at Southfields Academy.

The Kids Cup is aimed at Primary School children in years five and six with the Girls Cup focusing on secondary school girls in years seven and eight.

Up to 24 schools can attend both competitions, which means that around 200 children will be playing football at the AFC Wimbledon tournaments on each day. The winners of both competitions will go on to represent AFC Wimbledon in the Southern Regional Final. Success at this stage would mean a place at Wembley and a chance to emulate last year’s Kids Cup winners Lyndhurst Junior School Academy (representing Portsmouth FC) and Girls Cup victors Elthorne Park High School (representing Brentford FC).

The AFC Wimbledon Foundation has doubled in size since its formation, both in terms of staffing and the programmes provided. The Foundation is now providing coaching for over 600 school children in primary schools every week on average.

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