In England, Danone have partnered with the English Schools’ Football Association to run the Danone Nations Cup with children under the age of 12. The tournament aims to bring Danone’s health mission to life by encouraging kids to have an active lifestyle and follow in the footsteps of great sportsmen, such as the tournament’s global ambassador: Zinedine Zidane.
Every year around 700 secondary schools and 3,000 primary schools compete in the U11 and U12 national tournaments which, this year, culminated with the Danone Nations Cup England Final. The ultimate winning team will represent England at this year’s Danone Nations Cup World Final, an international football tournament involving 2.5 million children from 32 countries around the world!
U’12’s and U11’s Danone Nations cup competitions
We are proud to announce that the Danone Nations Cup ESFA U’12’s competition is running for the 4th year. For the first time this year primary schools will also get a chance to compete one of the following U11’s competitions and also have a chance to compete in the world final:
- ESFA Danone U11 7-a-side Schools' Cup for School Teams
- ESFA Danone U11 7-a-side Schools' Cup for Girls
- ESFA Danone U11 Small Schools' Soccer Sevens
- ESFA Danone U11 7-a-side Inter Association Trophy
ESFA Danone Nations Cup Finals
Before the Danone Nations Cup England Final, winners from the U11 and U12 regional tournaments participated in the ESFA Danone Nations Cup Finals held at The Hive, Barnet Football Club’s Training Ground, London, on Saturday, May 11. 34 teams competed to be crowned national champions of their respective categories, qualifying for the 5 spaces in the final round of the competition and for the chance to represent England.
* Please note that only those players from the winning 5 teams that were born between (and including) 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002 are eligible for the Danone Nations Cup England Final at St George’s Park and in accordance with the international rules regarding age participation criteria for the Danone Nations Cup World Finals.
The Danone Nations Cup England Final
The final stage of the competition was The Danone Nations Cup England Final, which took place at St Georges Park on Sunday 9th June. This is where the 5 teams competed against each other, seeking to qualify to represent England and play in the Danone Nations Cup World Final!
After an exciting day of intense matches between the teams, the Danone Nations Cup was taken home by Cardinal Heenan Sports College! Even CBBC’s Newsround was part of the day, watch their highlights video here.
The boys will represent Team England at the World Final to be help in London in September 2013, even playing at Wembley on the final day.
Keep up to date with the Danone Nations Cup by following the international Facebook page and Twitter page (@danonenationcup) where you can react to comments, results and photos from the entire event.
Follow our local Facebook page and Twitter page (@DNCEngland) to see the 2012 World Final Highlights and for more information on the 2012-2013 edition of the Danone Nations Cup!
The 2013 England Team:
- Ethan Sansbury-Maddox – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Ellis Jones – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Ajibola Alese – Emerson Park Academy
- Jack Heard – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Thomas Williams – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Charlie Munns – Emerson Park Academy
- Sonny Hilton – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Luca Connell (C) – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Bobby Duncan – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Patrick Haskell – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Sam Clark – Cardinal Heenan Sports College
- Tom Troubridge – Emerson Park Academy