Under 15 BCFC Community Tournament

On Monday, 10 members of the Y10 football squad got the chance to play on the pitch at St Andrew’s Stadium, the home of Birmingham City FC. The community tournament was 7-a-side and we were one of 12 schools competing.

In the group stage, the small pitches and adapted rules produced two cagey 0-0 draws v Heartlands and Ark St Albans despite STACS dominating both games. Another draw would be enough to progress to the quarter finals but in the final group game, STACS did not have it all their own way falling behind to Ark Kings Norton, before Elias equalised to send us through.

STACS faced Saltley in the quarter final and won 1-0 through another Rouse goal, before Jayden scored the winner in a physical semi final v Waverley. That took us through to the final to face City Academy, and two evenly matched teams, tiring on a hot day, cancelled each other out as it ended 0-0 and we went to the dreaded penalties! Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and City Academy took the win 3-2 after penalties, a heart breaking way to lose a final after going unbeaten all day! The boys collected their runners up medals and were gracious in defeat, and conducted themselves with a fantastic attitude all day.

We were invited to stay and watch an U18 football education fixture between Birmingham City and Sunderland, and incredibly, three STACS players were asked to fill spaces on the Sunderland bench to take the place of players that hadn’t travelled! Jayden, Elias and Romee made the most of this opportunity, and played a big part in an exciting match that ended 3-2 to Birmingham. All three were given high praise by the Sunderland coaches and should be proud of their contribution in a high level fixture with players 3 years older than themselves!

Special thanks to Mr Weston for helping to organise the visit and running the team on the day and well done to all the boys involved.

Squad list: Jacob, Rudie, Mason, Elias, Romee, Jayden, Adam, Brandon, Joe, Jervay

Mr Eburah
Head of Physical Education

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