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Gills to take on Shrimps in Kids Cup Final

17 May 2013

There is more than just the npower League 2 Play-Off Final being played on the famous Wembley turf on Saturday.

Before Bradford City and Northampton Town take to the pitch, Under 11's teams representing Gillingham and Morecambe will take part in the npower Football League Kids Cup Final.

More than 1,800 schools and 14,000 children set out back in October to claim what will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with teams first battling for the right to represent their local Football League clubs before taking on the region's finest for a place at the home of football.

With the support of sponsor npower, the competition seeks to develop teamwork skills, share the fun of football and demonstrate the rewards of hard work and achievements in sport. This year it has been well-supported by ambassador Gareth Southgate, who visited many of the teams before their big day.

The children from both teams will take to the pitch wearing special replica kits provided by official Football League partner Mitre.

Gillingham qualified from the League 2 southern part of the draw, and are represented by Minterne Junior School . After seeing another side from Kent defeated in the Girls Cup Final at the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in April, Club Community Coach Adam Lawrence is hoping to make it second time lucky.

"It's been great to have two teams in finals this season and just like the girls' team, the boys from Minterne Junior School have been a credit to themselves and the football club," he said. "It has been a pleasure working with them and let's hope they can bring the trophy home with them."

Morecambe are represented by Slyne-with-Hest St Luke's CE Primary School, and teacher and coach David Atkinson is understandably delighted.

He said: "This has been an exceptional achievement for us as we're from a small village and have played much bigger schools along the way.

"I would say this is the biggest sporting success in our school's history and we have seen the difference in the boys as a result; it has really been a good motivation to keep them focused towards their school work and this has boosted their self-esteem."

Andrea Brown, Customer Services Manager at The Football League, added: "The npower Football League Kids Cup encourages youngsters to be active, healthy and develop a keen sense of teamwork.

"Every season we see the positive difference the tournament can make on both schools and to the clubs and their community scheme and we hope it will continue to grow in the years to come."

To read a match report from the game and to find out how your school can participate in the Football League Kids Cup next season, check back here at

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