A Cheshire primary school’s football team had an amazing experience when taking part in a competition at the home of the newly crowned Premier League champions, Leicester City.

Delamere Academy travelled to the King Power Stadium to take part in the national finals of the Danone Nations Cup, the world’s biggest football tournament for 10-12 year olds.

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After being crowned Chester, Cheshire and Northern Champions they took on seven other schools who were either winners or runners up in one of the four regional tournaments held around England – in the North, the Midlands, the South-West and the South East.

L-R: Charlie Noble, Charlie Newns, Louie Newns, Robert Cooper, Caleb Hughes, Frankie Docking-Smith, Charlie Davie, Josh Cairns of Delamere Academy
L-R: Charlie Noble, Charlie Newns, Louie Newns, Robert Cooper, Caleb Hughes, Frankie Docking-Smith, Charlie Davie, Josh Cairns of Delamere Academy

With two draws and an emphatic 3-0 victory during the group stages they progressed to the semi final stage as group winners where they faced Kilham Primary School from South Yorkshire.

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In an exciting match between two excellent teams Delamere unfortunately lost 2-1.

PE teacher Tom Freeman said: “The boys were absolutely outstanding during this competition and, despite the disappointment of going out in the semi final stage, the team should be extremely proud of their achievements.

The Delamere Academy team outside the King Power Stadium
The Delamere Academy team outside the King Power Stadium

“Who would have thought when we started this competition on a cold afternoon in November that it would lead to us playing at the home of the Premier League champions?

“To reach the last four of the biggest schools football competition in the country is something the children should be very proud of.”