Each season The Football League organises two cup competitions for junior footballers from schools across the country, with the finals being played in the build-up to some of the biggest matches of the domestic season.
Sponsored by npower, the Football League Kids Cup is one of those competitions, the other being the npower Football League Girls Cup.
The Kids Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U11 schoolchildren and culminates in three finals across the npower Football League Play-Off weekends in May. In the 2011/12 season, Martinshaw Primary (representing Leicester City) lifted the U11s Kids Cup in the Championship section, Collis Primary School (representing Brentford) lifted the cup in the League 1 section, and Stanbridge Primary (representing Bristol Rovers) lifted the cup in the League 2 section.
The road to the Finals starts when the new school term starts. Each Football League club organises a kids cup local competition for all local schools wishing to take part. The winners of each local competition then go on to represent the club in the Regional and National phases of the competition, where they will face schools representing other League clubs.
The Football League understands that the glory of appearing before a National Final is great for everyone involved. However, at every stage, there are some great prizes for schools to win, such as tickets, team kits and footballs. In addition, medals, trophies and certificates will be awarded so that participants can remember their achievement of taking part in one of the country's largest national football competitions.
To find out more about how your school can participate in the 2012/13 Kids Cup please click here