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Rovers reach semis in Belgium tournament

20 December 2016

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Rovers’ Under-12s were more than a match for some of Europe’s elite at the Premier League Truce Tournament in Belgium.

After travelling to Ypres by coach, the young Academy starlets defeated West Ham United (1-0), Paris Saint-Germain (1-0) and Club Brugge (2-0) to progress to the semi-final stage.

However, following a 1-1 draw with Manchester City, the Rovers youngsters were knocked out on penalties, before losing the third-place play-off to West Ham (2-1).

The annual tournament, which began in 2011, commemorates those who lost their lives in both World Wars and ties in with the national curriculum for the Academy under-12s age group.

As part of the trip, the players visited many places with historical significance, including the grave of former Rovers forward Eddie Latheron, who was tragically killed at the Battle of Passchendale in World War One.

Dan Stubberfield, Rovers’ Lead Foundation Phase Coach, said: “Everyone at the Academy is very proud of their efforts. It was a brilliant experience competing for points, trying to qualify and taking penalties as well. All these experiences are needed to get these boys to the top.”

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