Children from Maidstone primary schools will start out on the road to Wembley later this month.
Year Six pupils have been invited to take part in the National League Trust’s Under 11s Cup, with the final taking place at the home of football in May.
The Gallagher Stadium will host a boys tournament on 23 February and a girls competition a week later. The winning schools will go on to a regional heat which will be held at Sutton United’s Knights Community Stadium. Regional winners will play at Wembley and be part of the Vanarama Big Day Out.
The draw for the Maidstone tournaments was made today at the headquarters of the Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS) – the club’s lead sponsor for this event.
Palace Wood, Senacre Wood, Allington, Greenfields
Kingswood, Oaks Primary, Tree Tops, Hollingbourne
Holy Family, Westborough, St Michaels, Sandling
Wateringbury, Molehill Primary, Hunton, Park Way
St.Johns, Archbishop Courtney, North Borough, Mereworth
St Francis, East Farleigh, Boughton Monchelsea, Roseacre
Roseacre, North Borough, Sandling, Boughton Monchelsea
Westborough, Palace Wood, St Francis, Senacre Wood
Allington, Wateringbury, Hunton, Greenfields
Brunswick House, Hollingbourne, Archbishop Courtney, St Johns
Chief Executive of CSIS Kevin Holliday said: “The Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS) has been involved in support for community programmes through Maidstone United FC and Safer Kent for many years.
“We recognise the value of involving young people in sporting activity and much of our grant giving is aimed at encouraging communities and disability groups to play sport.
“CSIS is proud to be associated with the National League Trust competition and wish our teams the best of luck.”
The Maidstone tournament is also being supported by Europa Sports and Awards (kit for the winning teams), Wellbeing People (bottles of water for the children taking part on the day) and the KM Group.
The club’s academy students will be running the tournament alongside organiser Mike Cogger.
Last season Greenfields Community Primary School (pictured above) represented Maidstone in the regional heats.