Youth sport - football: St James' primed for Wembley final

Bournemouth Echo: SAFE HANDS: St James' stopper Miles Bartram SAFE HANDS: St James' stopper Miles Bartram

PUPILS from St James’ Primary School are making final preparations for their big day out at Wembley on Saturday.

The under-11s team will repre¬ sent Cherries in the Football League Kids Cup final, a contest which takes place ahead of the Championship play-off final at the same venue.

Queens Park Rangers will play Derby County for a place in the Premier League in front of 90,000 supporters and a global audi¬ ence, but not before the year five and six students take to the hal¬ lowed turf.

The youngsters earned the chance to play at the iconic venue after advancing through a tour¬ nament organised by Cherries’ Community Sports Trust, before making further progress in a regional qualifier.

Head of the Community Sports Trust, Steve Cuss, said: “We have really enjoyed watching the boys’ performances over the last few months.

“They are an enthusiastic and dedicated team who have given it their all from the very start.

“The school is within walking distance of the Goldsands Stadium and it’s fitting that they will be representing the club and the trust at Wembley.”

The school team has received attention from Sky Sports show Soccer AM, with presenter Adam Smith visiting the school.

Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn was also in attendance and for¬ mer striker Steve Fletcher gave a coaching masterclass, which was televised 10 days ago.

The team will also appear live on Soccer AM on the morning of the final.

The students will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of their female counterparts at Broadstone Middle School, who won the Football League Girls Cup at the end of March.

St James’ goalkeeper Miles Bartram is the son of former Cherries stopper Vince Bartram, who experienced play-off glory with Gillingham at Wembley.

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