Wreckers' dream day out at Wembley
PUBLISHED: 17:51 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:41 20 September 2010
A NEASDEN football team enjoyed a dream day out at Wembley Stadium last week - under the watchful eye of Manchester United star Michael Owen. Gibbons Wreckers under-10s - representing the Middlesex Football Association - joined over 700 children from acr
A NEASDEN football team enjoyed a dream day out at Wembley Stadium last week - under the watchful eye of Manchester United star Michael Owen.
Gibbons Wreckers under-10s - representing the Middlesex Football Association - joined over 700 children from across the country at the annual McDonald's National Football Festival as 55 Charter Standard grassroots clubs were given a dream day out at England's HQ.
The Harrow Youth League side enjoyed a day of coaching and mini-tournaments, including expert tuition from former West Ham United midfielder and FA Cup winner Geoff Pike.
And Gibbons Wreckers manager Rachel Yankey, who recently collected her 100th cap for the England women's team, was delighted her side were offered the once in a lifetime opportunity.
"Initially they couldn't wait to play at Wembley and when they heard Michael Owen would be there they were even more excited," said Arsenal Ladies ace Yankey. "You can see how much it has meant for them to play at Wembley by the smiles that have been on all of their faces. It's such a great experience for all of them to play in a stadium like Wembley."
The National Festival, which is part of McDonald's football programme, involves sponsoring over 4,500 local football clubs and coaching more than one million children.
Gibbons Wreckers players graced the hallowed Wembley turf just 24 hours after England captain Steven Gerrard had lit up north London with a breathtaking double as Fabio Capello's men beat Hungary 2-1.
And Owen - who joined World Cup winner and McDonald's Director of Football Sir Geoff Hurst at Wembley - is hopeful some of the youngsters on show might be back pulling on an England shirt in the future.
"It's fantastic to see so many children here enjoying their football," said Owen, speaking on behalf of McDonald's - an FA Official Community Partner.
"It's a festival of football so it is all about enjoying the sport and getting a chance to play at Wembley is a superb opportunity.
"I'm sure we'll see one or two go on to play football at a high level but at this stage it's about the children enjoying themselves."
n McDonald's proudly supports football in Britain's communities and are providing more opportunities for anyone to volunteer and qualify as community coaches plus increasing access to free qualified coaching for youngsters everywhere. Go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk for more information.
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