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Bradford Youngsters Impress At National Football Comptetion

Bradford Park Avenue Community Football Club made it to the regional final of the National League Trust Under-11 Cup.

Avenue’s team came from St Luke’s C of E primary school in Eccleshill, after winning the initial local schools competition held at Grange Technology College in Bradford.
They travelled to Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank stadium to take part in one of four regional competitions held around the country, with the winners of those facing off at Wembley ahead of the National League Promotion Final.

St Luke’s, kitted out in an Avenue kit sponsored by AutoPrestige Cars, made it through their group before victories in the quarter final and semi final led them to face unbeaten Gateshead for the chance to reach Wembley.
Avenue took the lead thanks to an incredible free kick by captain James Edgley, but they were immediately pegged back and Gateshead eventually won the match 3-1.

The St Luke’s team, accompanied by teachers Damien Towriss and Lynsey Hodson, as well as coach Liam Sugden, was made up of Max Hollows, Thomas Bell, Mason Hall, Thomas Sugden, James Edgley, Charlie Myers, Harry Thackray and Ethan Sharpe.

The National League Trust works with clubs to help reach various community groups, and currently has a number of projects working with Bradford Park Avenue alongside this one.

The Trust encouraged clubs to organise tournaments involving local primary schools, with the winning team carrying the club’s name forward in the competition.

St Luke’s won the initial tournament in a final against Oakworth Primary School, with Grove House Primary, St Paul’s C of E, Cavendish Primary and Wellington Primary the other competitors.

The competition will be run again next year following a successful debut, and Avenue hope more schools will sign up to take part in an even bigger, even better tournament.

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