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Premier League Schools Tournament draw announced

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Beth England have made the draw for the 2017 Premier League Schools Tournament, which will be held at Stamford Bridge on 23 May.

The two players drew the names at Chelsea’s training complex in Cobham for the 12th edition of the competition, which features Under-11 mixed and Under-13 girls’ teams representing each of the 20 clubs.

The schools from Swansea have been drawn in Group C along with Stoke City, Sunderland, Manchester City and Sunderland.

The teams competing at Stamford Bridge will have the full Premier League experience, walking out of the tunnel, playing in their club’s kit and visiting the dressing rooms.
Cameras from BBC Match of the Day Kickabout will also be on hand to film the event.

“It’s a big achievement for the players and they will remember it and treasure each moment,” said Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek. “They can expect to feel nervous but excited as well. It’s a great moment, having fun playing football with your friends in a stadium, what’s not to enjoy?”

Over the last few months, each of the 20 Premier League clubs have been holding regional tournaments to discover who will represent them at the home of Chelsea FC, with more than 11,000 players and over 1,400 schools taking part.

Tenby Church in Wales Primary will be aiming to retain the Under-11 title that Ysgol Gynradd Cymraeg Castell Nedd won for Swansea City AFC at Goodison Park last year, while Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin will look to take the crown from Sunderland who were victorious in the Under-13 girls’ competition in 2016.

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