Once in a lifetime for Wembley youngsters

Action from Slyne-with-Hest St Luke's 2-1 victory over Minterne Junior School at Wembley Stadium.
Action from Slyne-with-Hest St Luke's 2-1 victory over Minterne Junior School at Wembley Stadium.
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It is something that every footballer dreams of doing.

And a group of young footballers from Slyne-with-Hest St Luke’s CE Primary School got the once in a lifetime chance to play at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Having won through to the npower League 2 Kids Cup final the youngsters, representing Morecambe FC, beat Minterne Junior School 2-1 before the play-off final between Northampton Town and Bradford City.

Deputy head David Atkinson said: “They’ll remember it for the rest of their lives.

“At their age it’s good fun but I don’t think they realise what they’ve done.

“It was just brilliant. There must have been one or two thousand in the ground but you still felt an atmosphere.”

Morecambe FC Community Sports coach Neil Wainwright , who travelled down to London, said: “It was amazing.

“We just told them to go our there and enjoy it and they looked really relaxed and got the couple of goals.

“We (the teachers and community coaches) thoroughly enjoyed it ourselves so God knows what the kids were like!”

Supported by parents and fans, Aaron Hartin and Callum Waldie scored for the Slyne school who then climbed the famous steps to the Royal Box to lift the trophy and collect their medals.

After the presentation players from both teams then became flag-bearers and walked out with Northampton and Bradford as they clashed for a place in League 1.

Mr Atkinson said: “When we were stood in the tunnel before the play-off final the atmosphere was just colossal.

“It felt fantastic as an adult so it must have been amazing for the kids.”

Having won a district competition organised by the Shrimps the Slyne school were victorious in the northern final in Bradford to seal the trip to the home of football.

As part of the experience they received a visit from former England international and ITV pundit Gareth Southgate and also recorded a charity single with proceeds going to Carnforth charity Unique Kidz and Co.

The group travelled down on the Friday before the game and did some sightseeing and even busked to raise an extra £4.90 for the charity that helps disabled children.