The Utilita Kids Cup is a national tournament for junior footballers which offers children the once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium. The Cup involves over 16,000 children and creates one of the country’s largest national football competitions, which culminates in exciting finals at Wembley Stadium in front of thousands of fans before a major national final, as schoolchildren live out their dream. The competition inspires children to be active, healthy, and develop a strong sense of teamwork.
Brookmans Park’s road to the final started in December 2022, when they were invited to Watford FC Training Ground to take part in Watford FC CSE Trust’s (the Trust) regional tournament with nineteen other teams. The winner of this tournament would go on to represent the Trust in a regional area final against the southern Championship clubs.
Brookmans Park were the eventual winners of the Trust’s regional tournament and went on to represent the Trust in the area final hosted by Luton Town Community Trust. After getting through the group stages and beating Luton, QPR, and Norwich, they then beat Reading 4-2 in the final, which meant they were crowned southern area final winners, and progressed to the final at Wembley Stadium.
On the sunny day of the Championship final, The Trust walked out of the tunnel onto the impeccable pitch at Wembley Stadium to face their opponents, a talented Sheffield United. It was a close match with plenty of chances for the Trust, but the decider was a pinpoint corner that was met by a brilliant header from number 10. The game finished with a 1-0 win, which saw the Trust lift the Utilita Kids Cup trophy at Wembley stadium in front of friends, family, and fans.
Brookmans Park captain, Harry, said:
All the famous captains have played on the pitch and walk up the steps to collect the trophy and lifted it, it’s just amazing.
Brookmans Park teacher, David, said of the day:
They’ll remember it forever, I’ll remember it forever as well, what a day!