IT is the dream of most young footballers, to walk out at Wembley, and that dream became a reality for a group of girls from the Guiseley AFC Juniors - and their male managers - when the Community Shield game was staged at the most prestigious football ground in the country.
The Guiseley girls, a party of 14 ranging from their Under-6 team up to the Under-12s. got the chance to don their Guiseley kit and walk out just prior to kick-off in the Community Shield game (formerly Charity Shield) between Chelsea and Manchester United.
Their big opportunity arose when a parent of one of the girls, Glynis Balshaw, entered a competition run by McDonalds and Guiseley were one of the winners.
The girls were accompanied on their trip to London by coaches Kevin Harrison, Martin Copsey, Paul Hinckley and Tony Naylor, along with parents.
The coaches also got the opportunity to tread the Wembley turf and Harrison said: “It is an opportunity most people would pay a fortune for - to step out at Wembley in front of a massive crowd. It was a bit daunting for the younger ones to see all those people but they soon began to enjoy the moment and were waving to the crowd.
“It was fantastic and we tried to make the most of it by walking as slowly as possible! We kept getting told to speed up by the television people - I think they thought we were going to steal the thunder of Manchester and Chelsea!”
One of the youngsters who took part, nine-year-old Olivia Brady, compiled the following report of their day: “We had to wake up at 5am to meet up at Nethermoor Park.We got on the coach and all got sorted out and the coach driver put a DVD on, it was Camp Rock. After that finished we watched Tom and Jerry.
I was really excited on the way to Wembley. We all had to put our Guiseley Girls kit on. When we got there we had lots of pictures taken and we went inside Wembley and got a special pass.
After that we went inside the interview room and I sat in the press box. Then we had to practice parading around the pitch. Next we had to wait for the parade to start and we saw the Red Devil puppet, that was going to be on the pitch as well, in the tunnel.
We paraded round the pitch waving McDonalds flags for Community Football. We were all really excited to walk in front of 80,000 fans in England’s famous stadium, Wembley. I couldn’t stop smiling and waving because I was so excited. We walked onto the pitch waving our flags and this was one of the best things that has happened to me.
After the parade we went to join our parents to watch Chelsea beat Man United. Yeah!
We got back on the coach and had a nice journey home. We got back at 10pm.
I would like to thank Guiseley Girls AFC for allowing me to go on this special trip.”
l Any girls interested in playing football with Guiseley AFC Juniors, particularly U-14 girls, should contact Kevin Harrison on 07771866303.