Greenhill School star in football tournament

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Sheffield’s Greenhill Primary School are celebrating after reaching the regional finals of the Danone Nations Cup, the world’s biggest football tournament for Under- 11s which is headed up by former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.

Greenhill successfully progressed from the South Yorkshire knockout rounds and will now compete in the North Region finals in Manchester in March.

Their first success came in an eight-team tournament of Sheffield schools at the Sheffield United Academy, coming through their four-team group then winning the final.

Then it was on to the South Yorks final at Balby Carr School, Doncaster.

This was run on a round robin basis and they played seven games and didn’t concede a goal. They eventually came out on top on goal difference - by just one goal - ahead of Doncaster’s Willows School.

It means they have played a total of 13 games so far to reach the regional finals at Walkden High School, Manchester on March 22.

They will compete against nine other schools from across the North in a bid to reach the national final.

Some 3,000 schools started out in the English leg of the competition, run by the English Schools FA.

Former French international Zidane is the international ambassador for the tournament which has FIFA approval. The National winners get chance to represent England in Brazil in October. Overall 32 countries take part.

It is a highlight in Danone’s programme of support for healthy lifestyles through education, fun and fairplay, which includes its ‘Eat Like A Champ’ healthy eating initiative.