Feniscowles Primary School are ready to do battle on behalf of Blackburn Rovers as they face the biggest fixtures of their young lives on Friday afternoon.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust put the school team through their paces with a special coaching session at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre on Wednesday, just two days before they represent us in the northern area finals of this year's Kinder +Sport Kids' Cup.
The huge nationwide competition features a junior school competing on behalf of their local Championship club having won a local knockout tournament to earn the right, as Feniscowles did by beating Eccleston Primary School in our club final on the Ewood Park pitch at half-time during last month's SkyBet Championship fixture against Leeds United.
In order to get them as prepared as possible to take on schools playing in the colours of clubs like Newcastle United, Preston North End and Wigan Athletic at Barnsley FC's training centre this week, Community Trust coach Jonny Ellithorn welcomed the local lads to the BRIC to give them an idea of what the tournament entails, passing on hints and tips to help them try and reach the grand final at Wembley in May.
Ellithorn was impressed with what he saw at the session, explaining:
"The players look ready and well organised, which is a credit to the staff at the school who have done a good job to prepare them for a really exciting challenge.
"We've got several years of experience in this tournament, including winning it at Wembley with Salesbury Primary School two years ago, so we know what a good team needs to succeed in this event.
"Feniscowles definitely have a good keeper and they're solid throughout the spine of the team, so they've got the right combination to have a chance of doing well on the day if everything goes to plan."
If Rovers win on Friday and return to Wembley for a second time in three seasons, they will participate in the national final of the Kinder +Sport Kids' Cup, which will be played as the curtain raiser to the end of season Championship Play-Off Final. Kesgrave School, representing southern area winners Ipswich Town, will face the triumphant side from the northern finals.