Hartlepool pupils celebrate cup success at The Vic

Clavering Primary football team celebrate their win.
Clavering Primary football team celebrate their win.

Young footballers were on the ball when they battled it out in the final of a competition at the home of Hartlepool United.

Budding soccer stars from Clavering Primary School were victorious in the local final of the Football League Kids’ Club.

The Kids’ Cup is one of the country’s largest national football competitions, typically involving over 20,000 children run through school’s closest Football League club.

This year, the group matches and semi-finals of the Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation round of the cup were held at the Sports Domes.

Clavering Primary School and Dene House Primary School of Peterlee qualified to the final at played at Victoria Park.

Clavering were 3-0 up at half time after goals from Owen Stephenson, Kamil Mohamed and Oscar Wake.

Despite a courageous fight back in the second half from Dene House, the Clavering team stood firm with Clavering goalkeeper Jack Gardner securing his fifth clean sheet of the competition and the Clavering boys holding on to their deserved lead.

At the end of the match the boys were presented with individual trophies and captain Dylan Jones lifted the team trophy.

Deputy Headteacher Neil McAvoy said: “The chief aim of the Kids’ Cup competition is to inspire children to be active, healthy and develop a strong sense of teamwork.

“The boys were delighted to win not only for Clavering but for the town of Hartlepool and certainly playing at Victoria Park is something that the boys will remember forever.”

Clavering captain Dylan said: “Playing on the pitch at Victoria Park was an amazing experience that we might never get the chance to do again. We showed excellent teamwork in attack and defence to win the competition.

“Thank you to Mr McAvoy, Miss O’Brien, Mr Savage and everyone who came to the final to support us. We hope we did you proud!”