Youngsters to meet footballing legends at Wembley

YOUNGSTERS from Whittlesey Junior Football Club will rub shoulders with legends of the game at Wembley tomorrow.

Players from the club’s Under-10s team will get the chance to meet Sir Geoff Hurst, Michael Owen and Sir Trevor Brooking at the National Football Festival in London.

The event, organised by the F.A and McDonald’s, also gives the children a once in a lifetime opportunity to grace the same turf that England international’s will during tonight’s friendly with Hungary.

New Whittlesey chairman Gareth Sharman said: “ The kids are so excited they’ve hardly been able to sleep.

“We’re travelling down by coach and some parents are even coming back from holiday for the day because they don’t want to miss it.

More than 50 Charter Standard clubs were chosen to attend the event which is being split into two parts.

Kids will participate in small-sided matches at Northwick Park before being coached by former Manchester United Youth supremo Eric Harrison, the man who tutored David Beckham and the rest of Fergie’s Fledglings.

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Teams will then head to Wembley where they are allowed to play a 10 minute game before walking up the famous Wembley steps to collect a commemorative medal from the guests of honour.

“It’s something that they will never forget and it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said the proud Sharman.

“Not many people have been to Wembley let alone got the chance play on the pitch or walk up those steps.”

With new pitches set to be unveiled in time for the upcoming season and more than 200 players affiliated at the club’s 13 junior sides, the new

chairman was keen to praise others for their commitment in the past.

He said: “It is a testament to the hard work put in by current and past members, especially departing chairman Steve Fidler, in helpling to establish the club where it is today.”

The side were chosen for the event after a McDonald’s branch in Peterborough decided to sponsor a team at the club for the second year in a row.

Mike Waitman, Business Manager of the Bourges Boulevard branch, said: “My restaurant is twinned with Whittlesey Junior FC and I hope that by supporting the club through the donation of kit and equipment we can help them to grow and encourage more children to get involved in the national game.”