On Wednesday 7th March Greenhill Primary Schools Y5/6 boys football team achieved something very special.
They had qualified for the North of England finals at Leeds United Academy and went there to represent Sheffield Wednesday against the other Northern Championship teams…the prize for the winner being a place in the National Final at the world-famous Wembley Stadium.
The stakes were high and the competition was fierce.
After being stuck on the M1 for two hours due to an accident, the team arrived very late and had to play all their group games in succession. The boys managed to scrape through the group of 6 in 2nd place on goal difference and were up against the hosts Leeds United in the semi final.
The game couldn’t be decided in normal time. In the most dramatic sudden death penalty shoot out imaginable Greenhill made it through to the final by 8 penalties to 7.
The boys played amazingly in the final and managed to beat a well played Hull City team 1-0 with a goal from James.
The English Football League now pay for the team to go to London over the play off final weekend and they play the winners of the Southern Final on the pitch at Wembley before the Championship Final.
We are informed there was an entry throughout the North of England for this tournament of over a thousand schools – Greenhill Primary School, their staff, students and Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme are incredibly proud!
Good luck to the boys who will be playing QPR at Wembley in May!