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EFL Kids Cup finalists in safe hands at Rovers

David Raya and Jayson Leutwiler host special training session for Whitefield School

26 February 2018

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Rovers goalkeepers David Raya and Jayson Leutwiler offered their support to the club’s EFL Kids Cup finalists, Whitefield Primary School, by hosting a special training session with the school team.

The hour-long session, which was held on the 3G surface at Priory Academy in Penwortham, was in preparation for the regional finals of the competition next month.

Raya and Leutwiler took part in a variety of different drills, including passing, dribbling and, of course, their speciality, goalkeeping, for the school’s young shot-stoppers.

The children finished off with a small-sided game, which provided Raya and Leutwiler with the opportunity to observe and offer some advice ahead of Whitefield’s EFL Kids Cup showdown at Wigan Athletic’s Robin Park Arena.

A win for Rovers’ representatives will see the South Ribble school don the famous blue-and-white halves at Wembley Stadium in May in the EFL Kids Cup national final, which will take place ahead of the League One play-off final.

Leutwiler, who lives less than a mile away from Whitefield, hopes they can go all the way and reach the grand final at the home of English football.

“We were there to offer advice and help Whitefield prepare for their upcoming matches,” said the Canadian international.

“They all seemed to enjoy the training session we put on and straight away we could tell how much they love football.

“They are now playing for a chance to reach Wembley and I am sure it will be a dream come true for them if they can go all the way. I really hope they do well and I wish them all the best in the regional finals next month.”

To find out more information about the EFL Kids Cup or how to get your school involved next season, please email

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