Whatever happens come the end of the football season, Morecambe will be represented at Wembley in May, as Slyne-with-Hest St Luke’s School have made the final of the npower Football League Kids Cup.
Having won the right to represent Morecambe at the local stages of the competition, Slyne-with-Hest St Luke’s School then triumphed on March 12 in Bradford, beating schools representing other League 2 clubs.
They will now play Minterne Junior School, representing Gillingham in the final of the national under 11’s competition.
The game will be played on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium in build up to the League 2 play-off final on May 18.
As a further bonus, Slyne-with-Hest St Luke’s School will also receive a coaching session from former England defender and ITV pundit Gareth Southgate as they prepare for their big day.
Clare McDougall, Head of Community and Education at npower said: “Surprisingly few professional football players get the chance to play at Wembley Stadium, so the pupils of Slyne-with-Hest St Luke’s School have every reason to be very proud of their achievements. Even if they don’t win the final, they’ll have an experience of a lifetime and Gareth will help them prepare for it.
“This is our third year of sponsoring the npower Football League Kids Cup and the standard keeps on getting higher, so I’m sure we’ll see another cracking final on the day.”
This year’s tournament saw 1,784 schools enter the npower Football League Kids Cup, meaning nearly 15,000 pupils in total took part. The first stage of the tournament sees Football League clubs arrange a local tournament for schools, to determine who will represent the club in the competition.
The schools then compete in regional finals, which are split by the three divisions of the Football League, meaning there is a final for each of the three leagues.
The npower Championship, npower League 1 and npower League 2 Kids Cup finals are all played in the build up to the corresponding play-off finals played at Wembley Stadium in May.