Macc SFA among the nation’s finest
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