Wem­b­ley Won­ders

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By TARA DUN­DON

A TEAM of bud­ding Wayne Rooneys will kick-start the World Cup with a spe­cial train­ing ses­sion at the home of English foot­ball.

The eight-year-old boys, who play for Thorpe Park Rangers, are one of 10 teams across the UK se­lected to join FA coaches at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium on Satur­day af­ter en­ter­ing a com­pe­ti­tion in a na­tional news­pa­per.

As well as learn­ing new tricks and ball skills, the boys will be treated to din­ner be­fore watch­ing Eng­land’s first World Cup tie against USA on a huge screen.

But to get to Wem­b­ley, the team need to raise around £500 for a coach. They have al­ready se­cured a grant from Cross Keys Homes but still need some more.

Coach Ja­son Gray (36), from South Bret­ton, said: “When I first started coach­ing them two years ago, three of the boys hadn’t even played foot­ball but all of them have re­ally come on.

“If we were in a league, I am cer­tain we would have fin­ished the sea­son well.

“I can’t be­lieve that we have won this op­por­tu­nity. I don’t think we can ask for a bet­ter kick-off to the World Cup, be­ing in Eng­land’s home ground while they play their first match will be phe­nom­e­nal.

“When I have got the boys on the pitch I will make them aware that their dreams of be­com­ing pro­fes­sional foot­ballers could come true if they con­tinue to work hard.”

Par­ent Deb­bie How­land, who en­tered the team into the com­pe­ti­tion, said: “The coach has been fan­tas­tic with boys and I thought they all de­served a treat.”

Her son Max, who plays for the team, said: “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to Satur­day, it is go­ing to be amaz­ing. I have never been on a big foot­ball pitch like Wem­b­ley and I am a huge Eng­land fan.

“The best bit will be the coach­ing by the FA coaches. I want to learn some new skills.”

Any­one who can help should call Ja­son on 07737 455089 or email deb­biehow­land@ tesco.net

Pic­ture: DAVID LOWN­DES.

COME ON ENG­LAND: Thorpe Park Rangers (front to back) Ethan Lan­d­ley, Sean Cor­leys, Adam Clark, Kane Clifton, Jack Shep­per­son, Ge­orge Gil­bert, Max How­land, Charley Cor­leys and Corey Gray are off to Wem­b­ley on Satur­day. (METP-06-06-10DL031)

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