Treeton team to play in a Wembley final

Treeton Under-8s, who have reached the Indesit National Mini Soccer final
Treeton Under-8s, who have reached the Indesit National Mini Soccer final

The dream of playing at Wembley has come true for a team of South Yorkshire footballers - at the age of just seven and eight.

Treeton Terriers Under-8s secured their place in the Indesit National Mini Soccer final after winning a regional tournament in Leeds.

The boys have been offered a tour of Wembley stadium as part of their prize before playing for the cup in the shadows of the iconic home of English football at the Powerleague five-a-side centre off Wembley Way.

The team will compete with nine other regional tournament winners from across the country - including Birmingham, Cardiff, North Shields, Manchester and Derby.

A host of fun games and challenges are also planned for the teams involved in the cup.

Treeton Terriers u8 manager Mark Hawley said his team was excited about going on tour.

“To play at Wembley is any footballer’s dream so for the boys to get the chance to go on an official stadium tour and play at the Wembley stadium complex is fantastic - I just hope they get to have a run out on the Wembley pitch as not many seven and eight year olds get that opportunity,” he said.

“For the boys to play teams from across the country will be a fantastic experience.

“Our team has worked hard over the last 12 months - playing in tournaments in Middlesborough and Blackpool as well as all over South Yorkshire in the pre-season, so they deserve this chance to play in a national final... It will good to see the standard of junior football elsewhere in the country.

“I don’t think the children realise how lucky they are to get to Wembley but their proud parents are certainly looking forward to supporting them.

“I have coached some of our team since they were just four, so I am really proud of them.

“We had some new players join over the summer so events like this are great for helping the team gel. The result at Wembley is irrelevant, all our coaches just want the boys to enjoy and remember the occasion... And who knows next time they play there they might be representing their country...well, we can dream!”