National Success for Greenside Primary

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Greenside Primary School (Droylsden, Tameside) became National Champions in the Danone Schools Cup, who have partnered with the English Schools’ Football Association to run the competition with children under the age of 11.

The 7-aside tournament aims to encourage kids to have an active lifestyle and every year around 3,000 primary schools compete in the U11 national tournaments which culminate with the Danone Nations Cup England Final.

Greenside Primary School won the Tameside Schools competition at Curzon Ashton and as a result qualified for the Danone Cup to represent Greater Manchester. The team participated in the North of England Tournament which included 16 teams and was held at St. George’s Park in March.

The day-long tournament saw Greenside face several other primary schools from the North of England in a four game series, before eventually powering through to the semi-final and final rounds. Greenside confirmed their place at the England Final after beating Ponteland Community, Northumberland, 4-3 on penalties.

Greenside then went on to participate in the prestigious finals which were held in May at Stoke City’s stadium. The girls became National Champions after winning the final 3-2 in extra time against Broadstone School, London.

A coach at Droylsden Juniors Football Club, Jimmy Jacob approached Greenside just under two years ago with the intention of recruiting enough players to set up a girls’ team. Seven of the Greenside players now play their club football for Droylsden Juniors, and one plays for Northside FC.

Jimmy has also recently been recognised as Coach of the Year by Manchester FA in the Community Awards for his fantastic work to get more girls playing football.

Well done Greenside on a terrific season from everyone at Manchester FA!