YOUNG footballers from Huddersfield leave for Holland tomorrow to play in an international tournament.
But they could be the last in a long, proud line.
Officials of the Huddersfield Schools FA fear the trip to Holland could mark the end of an era that dates back to 1928.
A shortage of coaches means school representative squads could vanish.
The growth of Academies among England's soccer clubs has also been cited as a reason for the decline.
The shortage of volunteers willing to take up the coaching reins means the Under 15 squad leaving on a Euro Sportring organised tour for a competition in Eindhoven against Europe's best teams may never be repeated.
Tom Walton, secretary of the Huddersfield Schools FA and chairman of the West Yorkshire group, is deeply concerned.
"I have seen a lot of changes in schoolboy football, some for the better but a lot more for the worse.
"I feel too much pressure is put on players in the younger age groups to be successful and with the Academies trying to select players at 8, 9 or 10 it is not often in their best interests.
"How does a player feel when he has been highlighted at eight and is released at 12 because he is not making the required progress?
"The Academies have certainly not helped the Schools Football Association at national or local levels.
"And in Huddersfield, unless we get qualified and interested coaches, we will be unable to run representative squads next season.
"This is a sad state of affairs for school football."