YOUNG Meltham footballers will walk out onto the pitch at Old Trafford buoyed by top tips from an international manager.
Wales manager Gary Speed held a coaching session with pupils at Meltham Church of England Primary School.
Their footballers have made it to the finals of the npower Football League Under 11 Kids Cup grand final.
And they will be there on May 29 – the day Town aim to be in the play-off final.
Captain Alfie Copley will lead out the team at Old Trafford with team mates George Sykes-Kenworthy in goal, Nathan Beaumont, Charlie Horncastle, Jordan William, James Hughes, Cavan Haworth and Liam Ralph.
Julian Rose swaps his role from deputy headteacher to manager for the day.
Alfie, a Manchester United supporter, said: “We are working together as a team and for each other – we’re all really excited.”
Hoping to get a run-out on the day is 11-year-old central midfielder Nathan Beaumont, who is currently sporting a sprained wrist.
Nathan, also a Man United fan, said: “I’ve been playing football since I was three or four.
“Going to Old Trafford is very exciting. Some League One and Two players never get that chance to play at Old Trafford.
“I’ve sprained my wrist but I hope to play.”
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Gary said: “The best advice I can give these young footballers is to work hard, enjoy the game and make the most of the opportunity.
“It’s hard to become a professional footballer, there is so much competition and you have to be at the top of your game to make it.”
Gary said he took an interest in the youth game and followed what the Wales under 21s, 19s and 17s did, including Huddersfield Town’s Jake Charles, selected to make his international under 17 debut against Sweden last night.
But yesterday it was all about the Meltham pupils.
Deputy head Mr Rose said: “This is a fantastic opportunity, I never thought I’d be leading a team out at Old Trafford.
“They’re a great team, they play together really well and they’re a team on and off the pitch.
“I’m sure they will be nervous playing at Old Trafford but excited too.
“Gary’s given them some advice on how to handle it and it’s great someone like Gary will come into the school and spend time with the young footballers.”
The Meltham team are also through to the finals of the Huddersfield School’s play-off finals, and the ESFA national finals, which takes place at Watford’s training ground.
Both will in be preparation for the big match at Old Trafford on May 29, where they represent Huddersfield Town in a match against a youth team playing for Bristol Rovers.