At the start of October the local stages of the Under-13 npower Football League Girls Cup kicked-off and over 5,000 children at nearly 700 schools all had aspirations of a day out at Wembley.

On Sunday afternoon that dream will become a reality for the pupils of All Hallows Catholic School and Whitby High School when they take to the field at the national stadium for an occasion they will never forget.

The two teams, representing Aldershot Town and Tranmere Rovers respectively, have emerged triumphant through local, area and regional finals over the last six months to be at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. The competition was re-launched last season with the support of npower and as schools progress they are rewarded with certificates, pennants, medals and more.

The biggest prize though, in the eyes of All Hallows' PE Teacher Lee Marker, is the nature of the education - on and off the field - it has provided for the girls.

"Everyone is simply buzzing at the moment. It has had such a positive impact on the school in general; they have all kept up with their work and are noticeably more bubbly and happy around their school life, which has benefited their studies.

"It has had a positive influence on the school's image and highlighted what we have to offer in sporting areas. The number of girls playing at school level has shot up and we hope that will help us attract increased numbers of good, athletic students."

Their opponents today are Whitby High School who will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of a school just 18 miles up the road. West Kirkby Grammar School were joint winners in 2007/08 when also representing Tranmere Rovers however, regardless of the result, PE Teacher Sam Austin feels that the pupils already deserve to be regarded as winners.

He explained: "The girls are very bright and they have taken everything in their stride. They have been a credit to the school and the tournament has encouraged them to embrace the competitive aspect of sport in a responsible manner.

"With the school behind them, their success has had a knock-on effect with girls football, not just within the school but locally and that has to be positive for everyone involved."

The npower Girls Cup is one of two tournaments for junior footballers from schools across the country that is delivered by community teams at all 72 clubs on behalf of The Football League and Football League Trust.

"The competition encourages youngsters to be active, healthy and develop a keen sense of teamwork," commented Mike Evans, General Manager of The Football League Trust.

"More significantly, with the support of npower, it also provides Football League clubs with the opportunity to strengthen connections within their local community and help make a difference to peoples' lives."