Whittlesey Under-10s loved meeting stars at National Football Festival

WHITTLESEY Junior Football Club’s youngsters lived many children’s dreams last week as they met Sir Geoff Hurst and played at Wembley Stadium.

The club’s Under-10s side, representing the Cambridgeshire Football Association, joined over 700 children from across the country at the annual McDonald’s National Football Festival in London.

Whittlesey coach John Setchfield said: “We’d love the opportunity to come back again another year. It was superb.

“We all enjoyed it and it was a nice reward for the hard work the club put in last season.”

Manchester United striker Michael Owen cast his eye over the young players who enjoyed a day of mini-tournaments and coaching before gracing the hallowed Wembley turf just 24 hours after England captain Steven Gerrard has scored a breathtaking double to beat Hungary 2-1.

Owen said: “It’s fantastic to see so many children here enjoying their football.

“It’s a festival of football so it is all about enjoying the sport and getting a chance to play at Wembley is a superb opportunity.

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“I’m sure we’ll see one or two go on to play football at a high level but at this stage it’s about the children enjoying themselves.”

McDonald’s proudly supports football in Britain’s communities. We’re providing more opportunities for anyone to volunteer and qualify as community coaches plus increasing access to free qualified coaching for youngsters everywhere. For more information please go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk