Children from Windmill Hill Primary School are heading to Wembley, after winning the Utilita Kids Cup, representing Sheffield Wednesday.

The under-11 team topped the regional section of the prestigious national football contest and will now face the winners of the Southern competition in the final.

The match will be played at Wembley Stadium before the kick-off of the EFL League 1 Play-Off final on Saturday May 21st.

Year 6 student, Finnley Vickers, from the Windmill Hill team said: “It means a lot to me, especially when we are winning, as I’ve been a lifetime supporter of Sheffield Wednesday, so I’m proud to be representing my club.”

Over 14,000 children aged under 11 are estimated to have taken part in the group stages of the competition, this year.

Mr Watson, a teacher at Windmill Hill said: “It’s been a fantastic experience for the kids. We’re really proud of their togetherness. We’ve got some excellent footballers at Windmill Hill but they’re even better lads and today they got to wear the world’s best badge.”

A group of children playing in Sheffield Wednesday colour celebrate winning a cup. Each season 72 EFL Clubs run a tournament for their local schools, with the winners earning the chance to represent their club and play in their official colours.

The 72 winning schools are then split into three divisions, in line with their club’s league status, before being split into northern and southern groups.

Gareth Davies, SWFCCP’s Community officer, said: “Having Windmill Hill represent Sheffield Wednesday in the northern regional finals in Accrington has been a real privilege and wonderful experience.

“Having now successfully won the tournament they will go on to compete in the national final representing Sheffield Wednesday at a packed-out league one play-off final at Wembley. This will be an unforgettable experience for the club, school and students involved.

“It’s great to see such a wonderful school doing the Owls more than proud.”

The victorious team. Eight children stand behind a banner, they are all smiling and wearing medalsTo find out more, visit: https://www.efl.com/utilitakidscup/ / https://football.utilita.co.uk/kids-cup

Written by Oliver Barefoot