On Saturday 11th October, over 600 young people from 47 professional football clubs, descended on Hackney Marshes, in East London, to take part in the 2014 Premier League Kicks Cup. It was the first time the finals had enabled every club running a Kicks programme to participate and teams from Plymouth Argyle in the South West to Newcastle United in the North East, from Swansea City in the far West to Norwich City in the far East came together in the country’s capital of London.
Our Crystal Palace teams looked like stand out performers in the opening rounds – neither Eagles team conceded a goal until the quarter finals where the boys were unfortunate to be on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion, and the girls narrowly lost out to Swansea City in a sudden death penalty shootout after drawing 0-0.
The Crystal Palace boys’ team finished top of their group and were one of the few teams to not concede a goal whilst winning all of their group games.
Both teams were unlucky not to progress to the semis, but a valiant effort by all involved.
The Girls (u18):
The Boys (u16):
Two of our young boys, Liam and Scott, displayed enough talent to be scouted by representatives from Crystal Palace as promising young stars for the future and landed themselves a trial for the Academy. There is clearly talent in the ranks!
Donald Forde, Head of CPFC Foundation, said: ‘I am proud that the name of Crystal Palace is being represented by such talented young footballers. It is essential that we engage our young people in structured, but fun, activity which not only helps develop their sporting prowess but also nurtures their life skills off the pitch.’