MORE THAN 240 schoolchildren battled it out for the chance to represent QPR in the Under-11 national Premier League Schools Tournament.
30 primary schools across west London flocked to Goals, Alperton, on Thursday 24th January for the right to play in this year's finals at Anfield.
Byron Court Primary School from Brent came out on top and will now don the famous blue n' white hoops in front of the Kop on Thursday 9th May.
“Our Under-11 mixed Premier League Schools Tournament was a great success with 30 schools attending and, more importantly, over 240 children enjoying a fantastic day of football," Matt O’Brien, Schools Development Officer at QPR in the Community Trust, told www.qpr.co.uk.
“Every match was played with a great buzz and sense of happiness by all as they battled it out for the chance to represent QPR.
“Well done to the winners Byron Court Primary School – we look forward to seeing them at Anfield in the finals!”
Now in its eighth year, the Premier League Schools Tournament aims to increase participation and the numbers of teams and players has grown every season. Each of the 20 clubs stage their own competition to select a school to represent them in the finals.
On a chilly day in the capital, the Trust welcomed almost double the number of children who competed in their leg last year (130) as schools came from all six boroughs within which the Trust operate.
Anton Santos, Community Development Assistant, added: “I was delighted with the turnout by school children and staff considering the arctic conditions!
“I was really impressed with the quality of football on display, even more so by the fantastic attitudes shown by all of the children, whether they were on the winning or losing side.
“I would like to thank all the schools involved, the children, teachers and parents that turned up and made the tournament a brilliant success.”