Children from all across the West Midlands who play in the same district system that produced England World Cup striker Daniel Sturridge, met at the Futsal Centre in Birmingham this week to find out which of the six Midlands clubs they will be representing in the FootieBugs Little Legends Cup on Saturday July 12th at the LG Arena, the day before the FIFA World Cup Final.
The event, sponsored by the UK’s leading children’s football coaching company FootieBugs, is supporting Midlands blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia and will feature specially selected girls and boys from the West Midlands District Primary Schools Football Associations.
The children that have displayed the best attitude and behavior throughout the season have been rewarded by being selected to take part in this once in a lifetime experience. Each team will consist of five boys and five girls.
Chris Smith, the Chairman of the Birmingham Primary Schools FA said, “It will be a fantastic event and I’m delighted we will be supporting the Cure Leukaemia cause. We were keen to represent both girls and boys football in the region and these teams will certainly showcase the quality we have in the Midlands. Daniel Sturridge came through our system too I’m confident there will be Legends of the future on show. The kids will have a great day and it will be something they will always remember.”
After a brief introduction from FootieBugs and Cure Leukaemia the kids found out which club colours they will be wearing and took part in a coaching session with their managers from the district football associations.
The lucky youngsters will represent Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City at 3pm on July 12th.
They will all play on the same pitch that the former Legends will grace later in the day in the Club Legends Cup and, in addition, there will be entertainment all around the arena making it a fantastic day out for the whole family. The likes of Lee Hendrie, Stiliyan Petrov, Matt Murray, Darren Moore, David Busst and Darren Purse will all be locking horns once again with lucky fans joining them on each team. There will also be a Ladies Legends match completing the full range of Midlands football on show at the prestigious venue.
Tickets are still available for the event priced at £10 for adults and £2 for under-16s (plus booking fees) and are available from the LG Arena and Ticket Factory websites with all money raised going to Cure Leukaemia.
Corey Edwards, the captain of Walsall in the FootieBugs Little Legends Cup said,
“I’m very excited, my cousin had leukaemia so I’m really looking forward to playing at the LG Arena and raising lots of money for Cure Leukaemia.”
Michael Edwards, Corey’s father said, “I’ll be asking everyone I know to buy a ticket to come down and watch my son play at the LG Arena. To see my son on the same pitch that Steve Bull will be managing on later in the day will be amazing and it’s for a great cause as well, I can’t wait!”
Mark Goode, the Chief Executive of FootieBugs said,
“We are very excited to be running the Little Legends Cup and proud to be supporting Cure Leukaemia at the LG Arena as well. It was great to get the children together at the Futsal Centre this weekend. There are some really skilled children playing and potentially some legends in the making! I’m sure they are all very excited about playing in front of thousands of people and on the same pitch as the Legends. It is going to be a fantastic event, raising money for a great cause!”
James McLaughlin, the Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia said,
“We are delighted about the FootieBugs Little Legends Tournament. The 12th of July is primarily about fundraising for Cure Leukaemia but it also about making dreams come true and I know the children and their families will take this experience with them for the rest of their lives. I’m looking forward to seeing some legends of the past, present and future at the LG Arena!”
FootieBugs' own TV channel went behind the scenes at the event to capture more reaction from the kids, their parents and managers: