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Utilita Kids & Girls Cup

Gallery: Utilita Kids and Girls Cup launch

14 October 2021

Recent EFL midfielder Jack Wilshere and former England international Karen Carney called in at The Valley, the home of Charlton Athletic, for the launch of the Utilita Kids and Girls Cup yesterday evening.

The pair were present as the EFL and Utilita officially kicked off one of the biggest national football tournaments for junior schoolchildren, which gives girls and boys the chance to represent the 72 EFL Clubs across England and Wales.

Wilshere and Carney were also joined by Addicks attacker Josh Davison who signed for Charlton from non-league Enfield Town in October 2019.

Having come through the ranks at Peterborough United before dropping into the non-league scene, the 22-year-old eventually caught the eye of the then-Sky Bet Championship side, and Davison praised the doors that the Utilita Kids and Girls Cup opens for young children.

"It's good thing to have when you're growing up," he said. "There wasn't many opportunities when I was a kid especially but to see that kids are being given that opportunity now is something to look forward to.

"I came from non-league so I got spotted by Charlton and that's how I made my pathway here.

"That's everyone's dream, not just the children but for players now, it's everyone's goal to play at Wembley. It's the best stadium in England. We went up to the Championship from Wembley. What an occasion it is."

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