Derby County Win Sky Bet Championship Kinder+ Sport Kids Cup At Wembley
Derby County emerged victorious in the Kinder+ Sport Kids Cup Final, defeating Ipswich Town 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.
Etwall Primary School were the Rams’ winning representatives, while Cedarwood Primary School were representing the Tractor Boys, in a match played at Wembley Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.
Derby raced into an early lead when Jack Perry was put clear – he neatly finished beyond the goalkeeper from an acute angle.
It stayed 1-0 up until the break, and Ipswich came out firing on all cylinders, but the Rams defended doggedly to somehow keep the opposition at bay.
The Tractor Boys’ failure to make the pressure count eventually cost them, when captain Harry Hawkins struck a fierce effort into the bottom corner after his original effort from a free-kick was blocked.
With the final whistle imminent, Ipswich needed something special, and they got it. Reuben Swann, the Tractor Boys’ skipper, opted to go for goal straight from kick-off and the ball managed to find its way into the net. However, the referee did blow for full-time immediately after, meaning it was Wembley glory for Etwall Primary School and Derby County.
“It’s amazing, not many people get to do that,” goalscorer Hawkins said, reflecting on the final and the experience at the national stadium.
“We’ve worked so hard to get here. It was a once in a lifetime experience to walk up the Wembley steps and lift the trophy.”
Rick Ormiston, co head teacher at Etwall Primary, added: “I’m so proud, the boys have done so well. We’ve been really well supported in the process by Kinder, the EFL, and Derby County.
“The club have come and done a lot of coaching with the school and it’s worked brilliantly.”
The EFL Kids Cup, alongside the Girls Cup for under-13s, is sponsored by Ferrero’s Kinder+Sport programme. Encouraging children to be physically active and embrace the joy of moving is one of Ferrero’s key aims and core corporate social responsibility principles, both in the UK and globally. The Kinder+Sport programme is designed to promote active lifestyles through dynamic play and sports among children and their families, and has reached 15 million children in 27 countries to date.
Etwall Primary School’s victory in the competition is the third for Derby County and second in two years. St Peters C of E back in 2006 and last year’s winners Hilton Primary School are the previous winners for the Rams, lifting the trophy for their respective schools.
Following the victory, Richard Mansfield from the Derby County Community Trust said:
“It’s a fantastic achievement for Etwall, they have come so far from our local competition back in January and performed brilliantly as a team in the final.
“The whole day has been incredible! It’s such a great experience for the kids and it’s safe to say everyone is really grateful to the EFL and Ferrero for providing such great opportunities.”
Derby County (represented by Etwall Primary): Leo Wilkinson (GK), Harry Hawkins (captain), Conor Livingstone, Aakish Shibu, Jack Perry, Ben Price, Sam Cheetham, Nick Dickens.
Ipswich Town: (represented by Cedarwood Primary): Theo Hume (GK), Davie Goffin, Regan Tuck, Josh Moore, Arun Maudhoo, Lushan Maudhoo, Harry Boon, Reuben Swann (captain)