Macc SFA among the na­tion’s finest

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MAC­CLES­FIELD SFA con­firmed their sta­tus among the best the na­tion has to of­fer by se­cur­ing a top four place in the Danone Na­tions Cup, the world’s big­gest foot­ball tour­na­ment for 10-12 year olds.

Hav­ing tri­umphed ear­lier in the year in the county knock­out rounds and the re­sult­ing re­gional fi­nal, Mac­cles­field SFA com­peted at Le­ices­ter’s King Power Sta­dium in the District Cup at the ESFA Danone Na­tions Cup Na­tional Fi­nals on Sun­day 22 May.

Mac­cles­field SFA be­gan the day look­ing to start as they meant to go on; se­cur­ing seven points from a pos­si­ble nine in the group stage to book their place in the knock­out rounds.

They faced Brighton Hove & Port­slade PSFA in the semi-fi­nals, with both teams putting on a fan­tas­tic show for the gath­ered sup­port.

Mac­cles­field SFA even­tu­ally came up short in a pul­sat­ing tie which could have gone ei­ther way, with the fi­nal score be­ing 0-0, with Mac­cles­field SFA just los­ing on penal­ties.

Char­lotte Broos, CSR man­ager at Danone says: “Congratulations to Mac­cles­field SFA who had a sen­sa­tional tour­na­ment, they played ex­tremely well through­out the nu­mer­ous rounds and were wor­thy semi­fi­nal­ists. The lo­cal com­mu­nity re­ally got be­hind the team and the sup­port paid off, I have no doubt that this is not the last we’ll see of Mac­cles­field SFA.”

For­mer Tot­ten­ham, Liver­pool and Eng­land cen­tre back John Scales, am­bas­sador of the tour­na­ment said: “Hats off to the team for an out­stand­ing per­for­mance at the na­tional fi­nals, I watched sev­eral of their games in­clud­ing the thrilling semi-fi­nal against Brighton Hove & Port­slade PSFA and their per­for­mance through­out the tour­na­ment has been ex­em­plary. I am so proud to have so closely sup­ported the Danone Na­tions Cup for more than 10 years now. It’s a truly re­mark­able project that brings joy to thou­sands of kids na­tion­ally. Be­ing ac­tive, eat­ing well, hav­ing fun and work­ing hard as part of a team are fun­da­men­tal pil­lars of in­flu­enc­ing the many that par­tic­i­pate and these were all on show at this year’s fi­nals.”

Some 2.5m chil­dren world­wide take part in the com­pe­ti­tion each year, with 3,000 schools com­pet­ing in the English leg run by the English Schools’ Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. The Danone Na­tions Cup is a unique FIFA ap­proved tour­na­ment, which has been given the Govern­ment’s ‘In­spired by 2012’ seal of ap­proval. It is an an­nual high­light in Danone’s on­go­ing pro­gramme of sup­port for healthy life­styles through ed­u­ca­tion, fun and fair­play, which in­cludes its ‘Eat Like A Champ’ healthy eat­ing ini­tia­tive.

Lan­g­ley 2nd XI en­joyed a com­fort­able win at home to Ash­ley 3rd XI.

Ash­ley scored 103 vet­eran Tim Moore tak­ing 4-11 in­clud­ing a ha­trick backed up by Isaac An­der­son and Tony Parry who took three wick­ets each.

Lan­g­ley then coasted to vic­tory Ge­orge Parry 45no and Tom Potts 34no scor­ing the runs.

●● Mac­cles­field SFA at the Danone Na­tions Cup

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