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Young footballers representing AFC Wimbledon bid for Wembley repeat

Cleves School aim for more success at the national stadium

25 May 2018

Pupils from Cleves School will be aiming to emulate the class of 2016 when they bid for more Wembley glory on Sunday.

Representing AFC Wimbledon, youngsters from the Weybridge school won our Foundation's Kids Cup earlier this season, before marching right through to the national final. The big game is on Sunday at 1.30 pm before the League One Play-Off Final between Shrewsbury and Rotherham. Cleves School will be taking on South Failsworth Primary School, who will be representing Oldham Athletic.

A former winner of the EFL Kids Cup, Cleves school will be returning to Wembley Stadium hoping to win the competition for a second time after defeating Southend 1-0 in the regional final.

Interestingly, what makes it even more special for the school is that four of the boys playing this weekend had older siblings in the team that played, and won, at Wembley two years ago. Of course, that success came before AFC Wimbledon's memorable play-off victory against Plymouth Argyle.

Cleves Deputy Headteacher Craig Smith said: "Our school are lucky enough to be back at Wembley for the second time in three years following our appearance before the League Two play-off final in 2016. For the school to have the opportunity to do this again is an incredible achievement and huge congratulations should go to the team of eight boys who will be in the squad on Sunday. We will make sure we enjoy every moment of it, regardless of the result.

"The boys have not stopped talking about it for weeks. What makes it even more special for the school is that four of the boys had older siblings in the team that played at Wembley two years ago. On that day, they sat in the stands dreaming of the opportunity to play at Wembley. Today, this dream has become a reality.

"We have entered the competition now for the last five years and it is a brilliant format. I feel it is so important for the league clubs to be visible in the community and this is one way they can do this. AFC Wimbledon have been brilliant and we would like to thank them and the EFL for providing this wonderful opportunity for the boys. We will certainly be entering again next year!"

Cleves School: 11. Edward Roberts (captain), 1. Samuel Honour (GK), 3. Ben Vigrass, 6. Frank Vigrass, 7. Joshua Lewis, 8. Oliver Swetman, 10. Sami Holmes, 17. Charlie Davidson.

The picture above shows AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson with pupils from Cleves School at our Foundation Day in April. All at AFC Wimbledon wish the Cleves School team good luck in Sunday's final.

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