Shortly before the Crystal Palace and Watford players walk out of the tunnel at Wembley for the npower Championship Play-Off Final, kids teams representing Huddersfield Town and Millwall will be playing on the famous turf in the npower football League Kids Cup Final for the Championship.

More than 1,800 schools and 14,000 children set out to claim what will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with school U11s 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.

Eight months of hard graft later, Monday's finalists have the chance to make memories that will stay with them long into the future. Who knows, it may yet be the first of many visits for any potential stars among them.

With the support of sponsor npower, the competition seeks to development 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 get to walk out at Wembley in brand new replica kit provided by Official Football League Partners Mitre Sports.

Huddersfield Town are today represented by Honley Junior School and Community Development Manager Rob Day had nothing but praise for the team.

He said: "We are delighted Honley Junior School are representing us in the Kids Cup Final this year, as they have put in so much hard work to get here.

"They beat more than 50 schools to the chance to represent Huddersfield Town but if we're honest, they have surprised us by getting to Wembley. That is credit to just how well they play as a team unit, so we'll be cheering them on from the sidelines and hoping that takes them all the way to the trophy."

At the opposing end, Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park will turn out on behalf of Millwall and teacher Daniel Hamilton admitted he had kept the Wembley prize quiet from his players until it was secured.

"To be honest we kept the chance to play at Wembley a secret from the boys at first, as we didn't want to put too much pressure on them," he confessed.

"It was only when they had won the regional final at Leicester that we told them - and they were so excited. We've got a few stars in the team, including Abou Diaby's cousin, but some of the boys have had to overcome difficult circumstances in their lives so they deserve all the success they get.

"We want to build a winning mentality at the school as we've got some other promising year groups coming through, but at the same time it's really important the boys just go out and enjoy themselves."

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."

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