A Kettering five-a-side football team is set for the chance of a lifetime tomorrow (Saturday, December 14) after earning the right to play on the hallowed turf at Wembley in the finals of this year’s national FA Fives tournament.
The team, which plays under the name Chin High Petey, will take a squad of eight players to the National Stadium after qualifying through an event which began with more than 2,000 men’s and women’s teams from across the country seeking one of the coveted final places.
Captain Tom Burnett said: “When we got the call I thought the lads were winding me up and then it took about two months for it to sink in.
“I don’t think any of us have even been to the new Wembley, never mind playing there.”
Chin High Petey qualified after being nominated by regional organisers for their fair play and upholding the standards sought by the FA’s Respect campaign.
The players will each receive their own commemorative kit and be given five-star treatment throughout the day including arrival to the stadium in the official England team coach.
The FA Fives, now in its sixth year, is supported by County FAs across the country and offers teams of local players the chance to compete in a competition which reflects the FA’s ongoing commitment to local, grassroots football.