Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Little Kickers showing FA Legends how it should be done!

16 of our Little Kickers proudly took to the pitch during the half time of the FA Legends Vs Army FA match held at Madejeski Stadium. The FA kindly invited Little Kickers to take part in the match after recent meetings held with FA members. 

It was a brilliant day and needless to say the children had a lot of fun. Goals from Tore Andre Flo, Kevin Kilbane, Ben Shepherd and Jan Age Fjortoft gave an FA ‘Legends’ side a 4-2 win over the Army FA at Reading’s Madejski Stadium. Some great players including Matt Le Tissier, Gary Neville, Gareth Southgate were all on show, our Little Kickers appeared very impressed! 

At half time, our Little Kickers took to the pitch accompanied the sound of our Little Kickers advert echoing around the stadium. The team being led out by our very own mascot 'Lenny' posed for a team photo and then lined up to score some 'moving penalties'.  They scored an unbelievable amount of goals much to the crowds delight.

The Army side, coached by England Under-21 Head Coach Stuart Pearce, twice went ahead against Roy Hodgson’s team of predominantly retired players. However, the Legends battled back to secure a win in a match which helped raise funds for the Team Army Sports Foundation and the Royal British Legion, while it also helped mark 125 years of the Army FA.

A big thank you to the FA and to Army FA representatives who made this happen. A huge thanks also goes to England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce who very kindly made a presentation to all of the children giving them each a Nike shirt and Football to remember the event. 

Further to this, Little Kickers was invited to the fundraising dinner held at the stadium. It was an amazing opportunity to speak to the likes of Roy Hodgson & Stuart Pearce, we also managed to have a chat with David Bernstein (FA Chairman). It was amazing to know that some of the highest bodies in English Football had heard of us, and it was a great honour to hear that they think we are doing excellent work. High praise indeed. 

We thoroughly enjoyed the day. We look forward to working with the FA and the Army FA again in the not to distant future... watch this space! 

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