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Young Eagles Reach Premier League Finals

16 November 2016

Next month, Palace’s under-12 team will be competing in the Premier League Truce Tournament in Ypres, Belgium, after qualifying for the finals last weekend in Portsmouth.

The Premier League has been running the competition since 2011 as part of their “Football Remembers” work surrounding Remembrance Day, which links in with the national curriculum for history at this age group, and last weekend, based at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth, the Eagles finished top of their group ahead of Bournemouth, Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham, Southampton and Watford to grab a spot at the finals in Belgium. 

Before the football, they also took part in Remembrance activities including the reading of the poem "In Flanders Field", a two-minute silence, the playing of the Last Post, and players from each of the teams reading aloud the names of players who represented their clubs who have been killed in conflict.

After advancing, Palace will now face international sides Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Schalke 04 and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as fellow national qualifiers West Ham, Blackburn and Manchester City, between the 9th and 11th December in Ypres as they aim to win the poignant competition.

As well as playing matches against top international sides next month, the young Eagles will visit the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and lay a wreath at the war graves nearby.

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