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Colts At Wembley!

Calverton Colts Play At Wembley - 6 August 2007

Calverton Colts Play At Wembley - They Say Dreams Can Come True

As a result of our involvement in staging the Calverton Miners Welfare Summer 5 a side tournament which was adopted by the Notts County FA as the County Football Festival for 2007, our Under 10 team were nominated by the County FA to represent Nottinghamshire in the National FA Festival.

This was held on Monday 6th August 2007 at Northwick Park, The Fairway, Wembley, HAO 3TQ

The format for the day was for each nominated team to play three games at Northwick Park, each lasting 15 minutes one way. No official results were collected, nor any awards presented.

As well as the three games at Northwick Park, there were coaching areas for the players to learn new skills, including sessions lead by the FA Learning/McDonald's Grassroots Coach of the Year and Eric Harrison, the ex-Manchester United Youth Team Coach, who coached David Beckham Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes to stardom.

At the end of the festival at Northwick Park, every team then made their way to Wembley Stadium, home of football and were given the opportunity to play one 12 minute game, before walking up to the Royal Box to receive a commemorative medal from the guests of honour.

In her own words, this is how Lesley Troke, the team manager described the day…

“As the saying goes ‘dreams can come true’ and yesterday they did for 12 players and a coach full of parents, granddads, grandmas, uncles, aunties, cousins and friends and a manager and coach who were so proud to be at Wembley Stadium.
The day started early at 5.30am, when we met at Calverton Miners’ Welfare Top Club, where we were picked up by our coach. The players and parents were eagerly awaiting the big day, and we certainly weren’t let down!

We arrived at Northwick Park at 10am, where we played our first of three games. All the boys played and we won every match, beating a team from Gloucestershire 2-0, then a girls team from Birkdale who we beat 7-0 and then finally a team from Worthing who we beat 2-1. The day wasn’t about winning though as the whole day took on a festival feel.

It was a fantastic atmosphere and I saw so many smiling faces, even Ronald McDonald got in on the act and he had his photograph taken with our banner!!

The boys had goes on the inflatables which where all free and they all received a free goody bag from McDonalds, After this event it was time to move on to Wembley Stadium. Oh what a buzz when the arch of Wembley came into view, everyone started singing and it was great! When we pulled into the car park the emotion from everyone was fantastic, the boys couldn’t wait to get inside.

The parents were directed to a different part of the ground while I got to take the team through into the players area where we allowed to walk out on the pitch - it was amazing. The atmosphere was brilliant with everyone cheering, especially our own spectators. The heat was unbearable on the pitch being one hundred degrees. As the teams waited for their slot, Steve McClaren ( England manager) was pitch-side, before they were shown around to the side of the pitch to have a team photo with Sir Geoff Hurst. I just could not believe that not only was my son going to play on the hallowed turf but this was my TEAM.

When our game took place we recorded another 7-0 victory, this time against Poynton Junior FC from Cheshire, with a hat-trick from Kurt Burton, (Sir Geoff watch out), two goals from Lewis Troke and one each from Tom Priestley and Jordan Ball. Everyone was so ecstatic from playing on the pitch and to win and to score a goal was amazing.

When the game was over and as I walked the team off the pitch I couldn’t help but to break into tears, it was an emotion I will hold in my heart forever!

To cap a wonderful experience, the players then walked up to the Royal Box where they were presented with a commemorative medal from Eric Harrison, before going back to show them off to their parents. IT WAS A DREAM CAME TRUE FOR 12 BOYS TODAY, something they will never forget I’m sure.

Then we made our journey home I must admit I cant remember much of that!!

MYSELF AND ANDY(Lesley’s husband and team coach) WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PARENTS FOR  A GREAT DAY OUT - THEY WERE A GREAT CREDIT TO OUR CLUB AS WELL AS THEIR CHILDREN WHO  BEHAVED SUPERBLY. I would also like to say a big thank you to Mark Buckley from Sainsburys for sponsoring the boy’s brand new kit for the day.”

Finally, a thought for player Ravarne Soloman who missed the whole experience due to being on holiday.
The team
Before setting off
On the bus
At Northwick Park
We are here
Supporters next the Bobby Moore's statue
Who are we?
The Wembley crowd
When is it our turn?
Waiting for the team to come out
Wembley player's area
Waiting to go on the pitch
Kick off
The match
The steps to the Royal Box
Lewis Troke with Sir Trevor Brooking
Proud manager

 

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