Shortly before the Brentford team walk out at Wembley for the npower League 1 Play-Off Final, another Bees team will be taking to the hallowed turf to try to win a trophy. That's because Brentford will take on Coventry City in today's npower League 1 Kids Cup Final for Under-11s.

More than 1,800 schools and 14,000 children set out back in October to claim what will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with teams first battling for the right to represent their local Football League club before taking on the region's finest for a place at the home of football.

With the support of sponsor npower, the competition seeks to develop teamwork skills, share the fun of football and demonstrate the rewards of hard work and achievements in sport. This year it has been well-supported by ambassador Gareth Southgate, who visited many of the teams before their big day. The teams will also be playing in special replica kits supplied by official Football League partners Mitre.

Each team is represented by a local school that won the right to play for the club in the completion. Corpus Christi will be representing the Bees. They've already had a successful season, but teacher Bernard Cairn insists the results have not gone to their heads.

He said: "I have to say that despite their success, the boys are still grounded and really well-behaved. They have got used to big occasions so that should be a big help and if today is anything like previous competitions they've played in, they will have plenty of supporters."

PE teacher and coach Tony Mesourouni added: "This is the first time we've played in this competition and we were attracted by the chance to play at Wembley. The boys are always really excited about playing at big venues but once they get out on the pitch, it's down to business."

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Aiming to end that recent run are opponents Chetwynd Junior School, who will represent Coventry City, and Sky Blues' Development Manager Shaun Pierce was full of praise.

He said: "The boys showed real character in the regional tournament, where three times they turned important games around after falling behind. I don't expect them to be fazed by the occasion and hopefully they can emulate the Coventry City 1987 squad and bring home the trophy.

"We know them quite well as five of them have been part of the player development centres run by Sky Blues in the Community at Coventry City. We have worked closely with the school in the past and hopefully this experience will help us build new relationships to work closer with the school in the future."

Kids Cup Coventry

Andrea Brown, Customer Services Manager at The Football League, added: "The npower Football League Kids Cup encourages youngsters to be active, healthy and develop a keen sense of teamwork.

"Every season we see the positive difference the tournament can make on both schools and to the clubs and their community scheme and we hope it will continue to grow in the years to come."

To read a match report from the game and to find out how your school can participate in the Football League Kids Cup next season, check back here at www.football-league.co.uk or follow @football_league on Twitter.

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