St Peter’s set for Premier date
Wednesday 17th May 2017 @ 15:54 by Lee Wild
News Sports Stalybridge
A football team from a primary school in Stalybridge are preparing themselves for the biggest day of their young lives.
The pupils from St Peters’ primary will take part in the Danone Nations Cup National Finals, on Saturday at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium .
The team made, up of Year 5 and 6 boys, have qualified for the finals after coming through a series of competitions that started in July last year.
After winning the group stages at Curzon Ashton almost 12 months ago they progressed to the regional finals played up in Newcastle, where the top two teams qualified for the National finals at Stoke.
Head teacher Elaine Summersgill is justifiably proud of the boys achievements: “It’s amazing,” she said, “I’m really proud and I didn’t expect it.
“They’re obviously a very good team, we’ve got some really good players in there and we got an excellent coach Justin Mangan, who is one of our parents. He does some volunteer coaching at Stalybridge Celtic and his coaching skills are brilliant. He encourages the children he makes sure everyone gets to play and he’s definitely made a difference,” Mrs Summersgill explained.
It’s sure to be a fantastic experience for the boys and Mrs Summersgill is looking forward to the occasion as much those who will represent the school on the  pitch: “We are really excited, really thrilled and proud. We are hoping we are going to get quite a few supporters from school travelling down,” revealed the head.
Stoke was one of the first newly built modern stadiums and has a capacity of more than 27,000.
It’s something that would be daunting to most young players but St Peter’s captain Luca Jackson is relishing the opportunity. “I can’t wait because we’re going to be playing on a Premier League pitch and hopefully we’re going to win,” he smiled.
He also gave an insight to the team’s success: “We all work together and we’ve all worked really hard to get to this position,” Luca added.
It’s a huge day for the whole school community and Vice Chair of the Governors Mrs Ann-Marie Worrall was keen to add her congratulations: “There is many an occasion at St Peter’s when we are proud to be in school, to be part of the school, but an achievement like this to see the football team get to the final it’s a huge proud moment for all of us associated at St Peter’s,” Mrs Worrall said.
For the school sport is a seen as a vital part of the child’s whole development and Saturday will be an opportunity for the youngsters to play at stadium that is viewed as one of the biggest tests for premier league players.