Two Vale primary schools are celebrating after reaching the regional finals of the Danone Nations Cup – the world’s biggest football tournament for 10-12 year olds – which is headed up by former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.
Bedgrove Junior School and Haddenham Community Junior School have progressed from the county knockout rounds of the tournament and will now compete in the regional finals, which are being held this month.
More than 2.5million children worldwide take part in the competition each year, with 3,000 schools competing in the English leg run by the English Schools’ Football Association.
Both schools will be hoping they can advance to the national finals which take place on Saturday March at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium.
The schools could go head-to-head at some stage as they compete against 10 others from across the South East.
With former France and Real Madrid captain Zinedine Zidane as the international ambassador for the tournament, the Danone Nations Cup represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for young players.
The world final, where the winners of an inter-district competition will represent England, will be held in Brazil in October, after the country hosts the FIFA World Cup.