Blessed Trinity pick up where they left off

Blessed Trinity became the first Burnley team to win the ESFA Cup last year

Blessed Trinity became the first Burnley team to win the ESFA Cup last year

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Blessed Trinity’s history-making football team successfully began the defence of their English Schools title.

The Year 10 hot-shots – now in Year 11 – became the first Burnley team to win the ESFA Cup last year after overcoming Winterbourne International Academy from Bristol in the final at Derby FC.

And they kicked off in their bid to retain it, defeating Walkden High School from Bury 4-0, after making five changes to the winning team that started the final.

They are due to travel to face Canon Slade school, from Bolton, in the next round.

The school’s football team have also had further success with four of their cup-winning side selected to represent Lancashire Under 16s - Lewis Mansell, Willem Tomlinson, Jordan Swift and Kean Craig will all play for their county.

Meanwhile, building on the back of the success, the Catholic school is awaiting news from Sport England about whether they have a grant to build new football pitches at the Ormerod Road site.

The school have applied for a Sport England grant of £50,000 towards draining their playing fields as, despite their success, the football team wasn’t able to play at home last season.

They have been using either Burnley College’s 3G or Belvedere’s pitch for home fixtures but the school hope, if they get a contribution from Sport England, they can finally play at the school.