Young Corby footballers enjoy success

Zinedine Zidane is an international ambassador for the Danone Nations Cup
Zinedine Zidane is an international ambassador for the Danone Nations Cup

A Corby primary school is celebrating after reaching the regional finals of the Danone Nations Cup, the world’s biggest football tournament for 10 to 12-year-olds, which is headed up by former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.

Oakley Vale Primary School successfully progressed from the county knockout rounds of the tournament and will now compete in the regional finals of the tournament, which are being held in March.

A total of 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 Midlands regional finals take place on Saturday, March 8, at Nottingham University when Oakley Vale Primary School will compete against 10 other schools from across the Midlands in a bid to reach the national final that will be held at a top FA venue.

With former France and Real Madrid captain Zinedine Zidane as the international ambassador for the tournament, the Danone Nations Cup represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for young players.

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.

Former Tottenham, Liverpool and England centre back John Scales, ambassador of the tournament, said: “I am so proud to have so closely supported the Danone Nations Cup for almost 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.”

The England final of the Danone Nations Cup will be held before the summer at a top class FA venue.

The world final, where the winners of an inter-district competition will represent England, will be held in Brazil in October, just weeks after the country hosts the FIFA World Cup.