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Wembley wonders

Posted onPosted on 6th Aug

Memories were made for 20 children from a football academy in Mansfield, when they proudly walked into Wembley Stadium and on to the pitch as flag bearers for a major match.

The youngsters, from Kixx Mansfield, enjoyed their big day out at the Community Shield game between Liverpool and Manchester City.

They were part of the pre-match guard of honour, along with representatives from seven other clubs around the country, chosen by Community Shield official supporter, McDonalds, for their support in developing grassroots football.

After being part of the guard of honour, the youngsters watched the thrilling match, which ended in a penalty shoot-out win for City.

Head coach and owner at Kixx Mansfield, Liam King, is no stranger to Wembley, having both captained and scored two penalties for North Ferriby Utd in a shock comeback victory over Wrexham in the 2015 FA Trophy Final.

“It was such an incredible day for these young children and we are all so proud of them at Kixx.

“Going on to the pitch at Wembley and having the responsibility of being part of the guard of honour and being a flag bearer could be quite a nerve-wracking thing for any child, but they were all amazing. It was also a very proud moment for the coaching team at Kixx Mansfield.

“To watch children from our football academy, wearing our bright orange team colours and walking out on to Wembley on national TV was a sight we will never forget. We can’t thank McDonald’s enough for creating this opportunity.”

Kerry Graves, operations consultant for McDonald’s Mansfield, added: “Kixx Mansfield are a fantastic example of a community club and I’ve been lucky to see what they do first-hand.

“The work they do in Mansfield is exemplary and this is a fitting reward for what they achieved throughout last season and what they will go on to do this year.”