Swans crowned PL Schools Champions
A young six-a-side team from Ysgol Castell Nedd were this week crowned U11 Champions at the annual Premier League Schools Tournament.
After winning the local tournaments held at Cwmdu’s Development Centre, both Ysgol Castell Nedd and Ysgol Dyffryn Aman were chosen to represent the Swans in the U11 Mixed and U13 Girls categories respectively.
A total of 14,000 youngsters and 1,700 schools took part across the Premier League, with over 300 budding young footballers descending on Goodison Park for Tuesday’s national tournament.
The Dyffryn Aman girls were quick out the blocks with a 1-1 draw against West Brom followed up by a 4-0 victory over Leicester. They then fell 1-0 to Villa but regained their form with a 3-1 win over Liverpool in their final group game. It wasn’t enough to take them through to the knock out stages however as they finished the day second in their group.
“I have experienced some memories that I will never forget,” said Celyn Barnett from Dyffryn Aman. “Riding on the first team bus, playing in a Premier League Stadium and talking to the cameras all made me feel like a professional player for the day.”
The boys also got off to a great start recording back to back wins in their first three group games against West Brom (2-1), Leicester (1-0) and Villa (1-0), before being held to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Their unbeaten streak saw them top their group and booked them a place in the knock-out stages where they lined up against Everton in the Semi-Final.
A 4-2 thriller against the hosts saw them progress to the Final to face Crystal Palace.
A strike courtesy of captain, Joel Colwill, saw them lift the silverware and ensured they finished the day undefeated.
“We are extremely proud of the efforts from both of our representatives at this year’s Premier League Schools Tournament,” said Thomas Williams, the PL School Sport Co-ordinator. “They displayed great levels of enthusiasm, motivation and skill whilst upholding the values of the Club. The boys especially showed great character and determination in overcoming a strong challenge from the host team in the Semi-Final to successfully become Premier League Schools Champions.”
“It was an amazing day,” said Castell Nedd’s keeper, Will Owen. “We really enjoyed representing Swansea City AFC, going in the tunnel and playing on the pitch. I loved how both schools supported each other throughout the day. The support from our parents and the girls gave us a lot of confidence in the Final.”
“All the pupils involved have brought immense credit to themselves, their families, schools and communities whilst representing Swansea City AFC,” finished Tudor Jones, Castell Nedd’s Head Teacher.