Local schools represent Swans in London
On the 21st May 2015 Ysgol Y Dderwen of Carmarthen and Ysgol Cwmtawe (Pontardawe) represented Swansea City at the annual Premier League Schools Tournament held at White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur accompanied by Swansea City FC Community Trust Coaches Ceri Phillips, Stephen Greene and Samantha Beynon.
Not only were the schools provided the once in a lifetime opportunity to play at a Premier League Stadium, they were very kindly allowed to travel to London the day before the tournament in the style of the Club's first team coach and play in full Swansea City Kit.
On arrival at White Hart Lane, the schools representing all 20 Premier League Clubs took part in an opening Ceremony where they were individually introduced to the thousand strong crowd and all the dignitaries present.
The two Schools competed in the mixed U11s and U13s Girls Tournaments respectively and were drawn in what was deemed the strongest group, lining up against Liverpool, Man City, West Brom and Burnley.
The boys from Y Dderwen held their own well and finished with a win, two losses and a draw. Ysgol Cwmtawe represented SCFC in the girl's competition for the second year running and a special mention must go to the girls who progressed all the way to the semi-finals.
In the semi-final the girls eventually went down 3-2 to Everton following a hugely spirited performance.
Both schools' supporters travelled up to the tournament and were by far the loudest among the crowd with renditions of the old favorite ‘Hymns and Arias’ ringing out from the main stand during the day.
Speaking after the event, Schools Regional Co-ordinator, Nigel Mathias, said: "Both pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen and Ysgol Cwmtawe and all teaching staff were a real credit to their schools in their behavior, manners and effort across both days and represented our Club with great pride and professionalism. Well done all."