Feniscowles Primary School enjoyed a remarkable evening as they won the Blackburn Rovers club heat of the Kinder +Sport Kids Cup in front of 17,000 people at Ewood Park on Wednesday night.
The local school were 2-0 winners against Eccleston Primary School in our club final of the national competition, edging out the qualifying tournament's other stand-out team to earn the right to represent the blue and white halves in the regional - and hopefully national - stages of the event.
They will take on the best of the rest in our geographical half of the Championship as they enter the 12-team northern area finals in Barnsley next month. The winners that day will gain the ultimate prize - the chance to play at Wembley against the southern area winners as the curtain raiser to the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Blackburn Rovers are unique in allowing their club final to be played as part of a first team matchday on the senior pitch, with most other clubs' qualifying tournaments taking place at local sports centres or training venues.
Mike Evans, director of operations at the EFL Trust, came to Ewood Park to witness the spectacle and see the impact his organisation's tournament has achieved in our area, before kindly presenting the medals and trophies to the players after the match.
A special mention also goes to BTEC in Sport student Tony Braithwaite, who volunteered to assist the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust team throughout the entire qualifying process, earning the right to officiate the final at Ewood Park after proving his credentials over a series of heat finals and key games during January's early stages of the action.
Schools who wish to register their interest in entering next season's Kids Cup with Blackburn Rovers can call our Community Trust reception on 01254 508256 to be added to our circulation list.