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Wednesday 8 May Updated Thursday 19 February

Schools ready to represent Hammers

Two east London school teams will pull on the famous claret and blue of West Ham United to represent the Hammers at the Premier League Schools Tournament Finals.

Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls and Ripple Primary School will be two of 40 sides taking part in the prestigious tournament at Liverpool FC on Thursday 9 May.

Both schools won through to the finals by triumphing in regional competitions held at the West Ham Community Sports Trust (CST) ground in Beckton earlier this year.

Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls (pictured) tasted victory in the Under-13 Girls Tournament in January, while Ripple Primary School won the Premier League Under-11 Mixed Tournament in February.

Both schools will be hoping to enjoy further success in the historic surroundings of Anfield this week, where they will each battle 19 others for the title of national champions.

Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls has a rich history of sporting success, including winning the County Cup five years in a row, being national finalists for all year groups in Futsal and achieving a runners-up finish in the U13 National Football Finals at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The Romford-based school boasts several students who have represented Essex and one who has played England U17s, while a number of the U13 side play for West Ham United Ladies.

Ripple Primary School will be the first U11 side to represent the Hammers at the Premier League Schools Tournament since their return to the English top flight.

The Barking school won the West Ham CST Tournament by beating Britannia Village Primary School 6-1 in the final. The school's year five and six mixed six-a-side and seven-a-side football teams lifted the Borough Cup this year and will be playing in a tournament at League Two club AFC Wimbledon and the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace later this season.

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