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Rovers boys triumph in Truce Tournament

20 November 2016

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Rovers' Under-12s saw off a host of clubs to earn the right to represent England in the Premier League Truce Tournament in Ypres, Belgium, next month.

The young Rovers hopefuls will join Manchester City, West Ham United and Crystal Palace, along with European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke 04, Club Brugge and Anderlecht, for the competition that will take place from December 8-11.
Qualifying for the finals took place at RAF Cosford in Wolverhampton and saw Rovers grouped with Manchester United, Liverpool, Hull City, Sunderland and Stoke City. They ended the day top after claiming four wins from five games, conceding just one goal throughout the whole tournament.
"We are very proud of the players’ efforts and their achievements," said Rovers’ Lead Foundation Phase Coach Dan Stubberfield.
"To qualify from a group involving Man United and Liverpool is a fantastic feat, as was conceding only one goal through the whole tournament.
“Their reward is a trip to Ypres in Belgium in December. The experience they have gained from playing in a competitive tournament and trying to win points to qualify is invaluable for their development, as will the tournament be over in Belgium."
The annual Premier League Truce 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.
Neil Chadwick, Head of Education at Rovers’ Academy, added: "The idea of the Christmas Truce finals is to provide the boys with not only the opportunity to travel to play against other Academy teams in Europe, but also to educate them on the Truce that took place in the form of the football match, as well as understanding other elements of WWI.
“It should be a fantastic opportunity for our lads to experience European culture, as well as developing an understanding about a key part of our history. Some soldiers that fought for us were not too much older than the boys, so visiting the battlefields and cemeteries should be a real learning experience.”
The Rovers boys showed off their winning trophy at half-time at the Brentford game on Saturday. Those who took part are: Milan Allison, George Chmiel, George Drake, Leo Duru, Calvin Harper, Glebs Klujevas, Woody Luffman, Junior Nsangou, Rio Pemberton, Aaron Pickles, Jamie Whitworth, Rohan Williams, Ryan Wilson and Harrison Wood.

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