Semi-Final finish in EFL Utilita Energy Kids Cup
Children from Middleton Primary School in Nottingham placed themselves on the medals table on Friday, coming so close to achieving a trip to Wembley Stadium in this seasons’ EFL Utilita Energy Kids Cup.
The national competition gives primary schools across the country the chance to battle it out for the opportunity to represent their local EFL club, with the overall winning two regional clubs from each division (Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two) taking each other on at Wembley Stadium prior to that divisions play-off final.
Middleton Primary School were the winners of Nottingham Forest’s club finals and progressed to the Sky Bet Championship northern final, held at Sheffield United last Friday alongside 11 other schools, representing the Reds.
On the day, the Forest youngsters finished in the top four of the division – qualifying for the knockout stages, but couldn’t quite achieve the Wembley dream, losing in the semi-finals.
Dante Diriso, Head Coach, said “We’re really proud of the youngsters’ efforts on behalf of Nottingham Forest, despite defeat in the semi-finals the boys can hold their heads up high.
“Throughout the day they showed a tremendous attitude on and off of the pitch and were a real asset to their Schools, whilst on the pitch, they displayed a real togetherness and played some lovely football of which they can be proud.”
Hosts Sheffield United were the overall winners on the day and progress to Wembley Stadium. Nottingham Forest Community Trust would like to send our congratulation to the blades, and thank all of our partner schools for taking part in this seasons competition – we can’t wait to see you all again next season.