The culmination of a nine month long campaign is about to arrive for 17 school children when they walk through the tunnel and onto the famous Wembley turf this Saturday ahead of the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final to contest The Football League Community Cup.
Leicester City, represented by Folville Junior School will take on Reading, comprised of pupils from Aldryngton Primary.
The Community Cup is a national six-a-side tournament organised by The Football League Trust and club community departments for pupils under the age of 11. During the course of the season, over 1,500 schools have competed for a chance to play under the famous arch.
In the early stages, Championship clubs hold local competitions to determine which school will represent them at the regional and if successful, national finals.
"There's been a huge sense of excitement at the school," explained Aldryngton teach Terri Gregory. "Everyone is looking forward to the Final. Fingers crossed we can win!"
The tournament embraces 72 diverse communities with a core theme revolving around participation and as a result, it is not just the victorious team at Wembley that will receive a prize. During each round of the competition teams are presented with the opportunity to win kits and footballs for their respective schools.
Folville will be the first school from Leicester to compete in the Community Cup Final and will follow on the recent success of their Beaumont Grange counterparts who reached The Football League U13 Girls Cup.
"The boys have done really well to get here and are all very excited about playing," added Folville teacher Bruce Wells. "Coming to Wembley is something special. It's a day they'll never forget."
The two schools will also enjoy first class hospitality with travel to and from the venue covered along with overnight accommodation, dinner the night before, breakfast on the day and 30 complimentary tickets to invite friends and family. Players from each team will also be treated to an extensive tour of Wembley Stadium before the commencement of the final.
|LEICESTER CITY FC
|(represented by Folville Junior School)
||(represented by Aldryngton Primary School)|
|LUQMAN SAID (Captain)
||REMI NORVILLE (Captain)|
|Teacher: BRUCE WELLS
||Teacher: TERRI GREGORY|
|LCFC Community Officer: MATT WILLCOCK
||RFC Community Officer: RYAN WILLIAMS|
For more details about Leicester City's Community Scheme click here.
For more details about Reading's Community Scheme click here.