Swans prepare for Premier League Schools Tournament in style

19th May

Two local schools have travelled in style to represent Swansea City at this year's Premier League Schools Tournament at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday).
Twenty Under-11 mixed teams and the same number of Under-13 girls' teams will compete for the trophies after coming through regional and finals qualifying to represent their local Premier League club.
Swansea City will be represented by Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant, an Under-11 side from Llanelli, while an Under-13's girls' team from Cwmtawe Community School in Pontardawe will be the other representatives from south west Wales.
And both sets of players were treated to the complete matchday experience as the club laid on the use of the first-team coach in order to travel up to Manchester on Monday.
Each team will sport their chosen club's colours, with all the matches being refereed by Premier League officials and the Swans have been drawn alongside Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion in their group.
Premier League Schools project co-ordinator, Nigel Mathias said: "It is a fantastic event. We work with the kids throughout the year so we are well aware of the opportunities that they can have.
"Both teams are very strong, but to come back with miniature Premier League trophies as well would be fantastic for us.
"We've made it a bit special for them so they get the chance to have the whole matchday experience.
"We are travelling up on the first-team coach and all the players are experiencing different things. They are getting to know how Swansea City want to be represented and how we would want them to behave.
"Being a Premier League club we expect certain ways of behaviour and it's great for them to tap into that."