npower Launches Competition To Find The Football Stars Of Tomorrow
Released on: October 01, 2010, 2:49 pm
npower is encouraging kids who fancy themselves as the next
Rio Ferdinand, or Faye White, to pull on their boots and enter the
Football League Kids Cup and Girls Cup.
Faye White, the women's England captain was joined by sports presenter and amateur
player Ben Shephard at Football League ground Queens Park Rangers to call for
Schools across the country have until 8th October to sign up for both cups by
entering their local competition, in the hope of winning the chance to represent the
club at the regional, and then later area and national phases of the competitions.
The best sides will then battle it out in front of thousands of fans before one of
The Football League's showpiece finals.
At the launch Ben Shephard said: "For some of the kids taking part, the npower
Football League Kids Cup or Girls Cup could be the touch of the ball that starts it
"We could see a future Football League and national star take to the
pitch in the Kids Cup - watch this space."
Faye White, who has been representing England since 1997, added: "Competitions like
the npower Football League Kids Cup are an excellent opportunity to get kids
together enjoying football and sharpening up their team skills.
"For female footballers the Girls Cup is a huge opportunity to play against, learn
from and mix with likeminded sportswomen.
"Giving girls the chance to take to the pitch at Wembley Stadium is a real coup for
the Girls Cup, I'll be looking forward to hearing how the finalists get on under
the famous arch."
Clare McDougall, npower's head of education and community, said: "npower is really proud to provide opportunities for young people
to get into football. Encouraging a bit of healthy competition amongst kids is great
for building their self-confidence and who knows, we may even be nurturing a few
future pro players too."
Greg Clarke, chairman of The Football League, said: "The npower Football League
Kids Cup and Girls Cup are fantastic ways of encouraging schoolchildren to take part
in competitive sport as well as offering them the chance of a lifetime to play in
front of thousands of fans."
Schools wishing to enter the competition should contact their local Football League
club. For details visit www.football-league.co.uk
About the npower Football League Kids Club
The npower Football League Kids Cup was formerly known as The Football League
Community Cup. The finals of the U11 Cup will be played prior to the npower Football
League Play-Off Finals. The U13 Girls Cup will be played prior to the Johnstone's
Paint Trophy Final.
Each year more than 2,500 schools take part in the two competitions. Last season,
Overton Grange School (representing Crystal Palace) lifted the U13 Girls Cup, whilst
Folville Junior School (representing Leicester City) lifted the U11's cup in the
Championship section, Gateway School (representing Wycombe Wanderers) lifted the cup
in the League 1 section and Mudeford Junior School (representing AFC Bournemouth)
lifted the cup in the League 2 section.
The road to the Finals starts in September with each Football League club organising
a competition for all local schools wishing to take part.
npower is one of the UK's largest electricity suppliers
and has 6.6 million customer accounts across the UK. npower has been awarded
platinum status in Business in the Community's CR Index and is one of twenty-nine
companies to have achieved the CommunityMark since its launch. All CommunityMark
achievers have been recognised for demonstrating excellence in their holistic and
strategic approach to community investment.
Contact Details: Lisa Rebak
20-23 Mandela Street
0207 693 6999
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