• Ben Norman

Premier League Cup 2022

Updated: Jul 3

Highlights from the event:

On Friday 1st July SSSC had the pleasure of representing Derby County in the Premier League Kicks Cup 2022 football competition at the Riverside Sports Complex in Nottingham.

SSSC have worked in partnership with the Derbyshire Community Trust for a number of years now and it was through this link up we were lucky enough to be asked to represent the club at this national event. The Premier League Kicks programme runs through all professional clubs across the country and uses the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters develop and succeed in all areas of their life.

19 teams attended the event from all over the country including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Crystal Palace. The set up for the day was incredible with the level of detail and professionalism of the event allowing participants to feel like professional football teams for the day!

The morning was spent on a number of skills sessions as pupils got used to their surroundings. We had the opportunity to grab a picture with the official Premier League trophy and also took part in a mass warm-up with all participants led by Richard Whitehead - Paralympic 200m Gold Medallist from London 2012. We also had a friendly against Bournemouth which ended in a 4-1 victory.

After lunch the tournament started and we opened up with a hard-earned draw against Aston Villa. Game two saw us come out 5-2 winners against Wigan before then moving onto game three and beating Liverpool 4-0. Going into the final fixture against Manchester City we were level on points with Aston Villa and knew only a win would do and it would go down to goal difference to decide who went through. We went all out attack and ended up beating Manchester City 8-0 to seal our place in the Semi-Final.

In the semi-final unfortunately, we lost a hard-fought game against Bournemouth 2-1. Having gone one up early on we missed chances to make it two and two wonderful solo goals late on meant it was the end of our competition.

The final was won by Chesterfield FC as they beat Bournemouth on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

SSSC pupils and staff had a fantastic day and it was just the most incredible opportunity for our pupils to be involved in such a huge event! Hopefully we can go one step further next year and make the final!