Pupils from two local schools were given the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this month when they represented West Ham United at the Premier League Schools Tournament at Anfield.

Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls from Romford (pictured) and Barking-based Ripple Primary School both did the Hammers proud as they donned the claret and blue at Liverpool's home.

Both schools earned their place in the finals by triumphing in regional competitions held at the West Ham Community Sports Trust ground in Beckton earlier in the year.

Frances Bardsley were competing in the Under-13s Girls Tournament, and they were only a whisker away from earning a semi-final place after winning two, drawing one and only losing narrowly to Group F winners Stoke City, who would go on to triumph overall.

Ripple Primary, meanwhile, were the Hammers' representatives in the Under-11 Mixed Tournament and they managed draws with Stoke City and Norwich City, but exited at the group stage.

Fulham would go on to taste success in that category.

West Ham Community Sport Trust football developement officer Bryan Glover said: "The Premier League tournament was a great success, it was an excellent day with all the children thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to play at Anfield. Both teams that represented West Ham performed well on the day against some very tough opposition. During the two-day trip both teams were a credit to West Ham United FC and their school.

"I would like to thank the Premier League for running such a well-organised tournament and we are all looking forward to next season's tournament already.'

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