- 47 Premier League and Football League Clubs took part in the competition at The Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Liverpool
- New clubhouse facility was opened during the event following £650,000 investment from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation
The football season may have ended for many, but 47 Clubs from both the Premier League and Football League were represented by a total of 70 teams of young people who took to the pitches at The Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Liverpool hoping to claim the last bit of silverware this season, the Premier League Kicks Cup.
The Cardiff City boys team, made up of eight young people that attend PL Kicks sessions in Aberdare every Friday, claimed wins against Notts County and Brentford as well as a goalless draw with Southend to win the first group stage and ensure a place in the Category A Group.
The Category A Group was made up of five other teams that had also won their group to progress to the next stage. After defeats to QPR and West Ham (the eventual winners of PL Kicks Cup 2015), the Cardiff City boys team fought hard to draw with Leicester City and Sheffield United. The long day, that started with a 6am meet at Cardiff City Stadium, was concluded with a 1-0 win against Aston Villa to ensure a strong finish for Cardiff City.
The Cardiff City PL Kicks Girls team started slowly with a draw against Leyton Orient followed by a defeat to West Ham, but a 2-1 win against Stoke City in the final group game ensured a second place finish to progress into the Category B group stage.
The Category B group stage saw Cardiff City go unbeaten drawing against Brighton, Liverpool and Man City respectively but beating West Brom 1-0 and Arsenal 3-0. Eight points from five games ensured that Cardiff City reached the Category B Final, with Brighton Hove Albion the opponents. The Final finished goalless, just as it had done in the group stage, with penalties the only way to decide the outcome of the fixture; Brighton came out on top winning 2-0 after 3 penalties.
Speaking of the trip, Cardiff City Foundation’s Zac Lyndon-Jones said: “A big congratulations and thank you to both sets of players that represented Cardiff City at the tournament in Liverpool. They were a credit to themselves by playing some great football and behaving impeccably all day.
It was a fantastic opportunity to reward the young people for their continued attendance at Kicks sites in their local areas and represent the Club at a National event. We would like to thank the Premier League for yet another brilliant experience our young people will never forget.”