Burnley team two steps from Brazil

Schoolboy footballers from Burnley are closing in on a dream trip to Brazil, and the chance to meet all-time great Zinedine Zidane.

Burnley SFA have reaching the regional finals of the Danone Nations Cup, the world’s biggest football tournament for 10-12 year olds.

The Under 11s’ team, representing Lancashire, are now just two stages away from representing England in the Danone Nations Cup world final in Brazil!

Burnley SFA successfully progressed from the county knockout rounds of the tournament earlier this month and will now compete in the regional finals of the tournament at Sunderland’s Academy of Light in March.

Regional winners will go on to compete in a national final, where the winners will earn a place in the world finals in Brazil in October.

Each year, 2.5m children worldwide take part in the competition, which has former France and Real Madrid captain Zidance as international ambassador, with 3,000 schools competing in the English leg run by the English Schools’ Football Association.

The Danone Nations Cup is a unique FIFA-approved tournament which has been given the Government’s ‘Inspired by 2012’ seal of approval and represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for young players.

Former Tottenham, Liverpool and England centre back John Scales, ambassador of the tournament said: “I am so proud to have so closely supported the Danone Nations Cup for almost 10 years now. It’s a truly remarkable project that brings joy to thousands of kids nationally.”

Charlotte Broos, CSR manager at Danone, said: “Congratulations to Burnley SFA. They have had a great tournament so far and we hope the children are enjoying this unique mix of football, friendship and fairplay.”