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NET Academies Harlow represent West Ham United

Education: Primary / Fri 26th May 2017 at 10:43am

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NET Academies Harlow represent West Ham United

NET Academies Harlow beat 92 schools to represent West Ham at the Premier League National School’s Final tournament at Stamford Bridge. After being crowned NET Academies Trust the West Ham Foundation Regional under 11 Mixed Premier League School’s tournament winners in March.

The Harlow team travelled to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 on the team coach in their full West Ham kit. The boys experienced the walk of every premier league player, up the Chelsea tunnel with entrance music resounding. The team had the opportunity to look around the Chelsea FC home dressing room as well as get their picture taken with the Premier League Trophy and the shirt of their favourite player Eden Hazard.

The tournament was split into four groups of five teams, with only the top team from each group going through to the semi-finals. West Ham (NET) were drawn in Group A along with Leicester City, West Brom, Southampton and Crystal Palace. West Ham (NET) won their first three games, beating West Brom 1-0 (goal scorer Jack Mahon), Southampton 1-0 (goal scorer Frankie Edwards), Leicester City 2-1 (goal scorers Caleb and Frankie Edwards). Going into the final group game, West Ham (NET) were three points clear of their opponents Crystal Palace with a better goal difference. The team knew that a point would see them progress to the semi-finals. West Ham (NET) looked comfortable in the first five minutes. Unfortunately they went behind after a short was saved by Caleb and the follow up was netted by a Crystal Palace player. West Ham started to press and created chances. Against the run of play a break from Palace saw a shot fly into the bottom corner, West Ham were 2-0 down. West Ham saw attach after attack, hit the bar and post with shots saved by the Palace keeper. The full time whistle blew and West Ham missed out on qualifying.

Mr Bailey PE teacher for NET Academies Trust Harlow said “The team came here with high hopes and they played to the best of their ability. They have won three out of four games at a national tournament, playing in front of around six hundred people at a Premier League stadium, against the best school teams in the country. I hope the boys realise what they have achieved and take away the amazing memories of playing at Stamford Bridge and seeing the Premier League Trophy. I am extremely proud of the team and hope this experience remains with them for a very long time.”

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