Gareth Southgate visits Minterne Junior School to train Kids Cup regional Champions

Our recently crowned regional npower Kids Cup Champions, Minterne Community Junior School from Sittingbourne, got the opportunity of a lifetime on Thursday when they were put through their paces by former England defender Gareth Southgate.

During the campaign the school have seen off competition from clubs including Bristol Rovers, Plymouth and Wycombe to book their place in the National Finals of the Kids Cup, taking place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 18th May before the League Two Play-Off Final.

Gareth was joined by representatives from the Football League sponsors npower, and took the opportunity to meet the entire school in assembly where he answered numerous questions about his playing and managerial career.

He then passed on some valuable tips and techniques during a training session with the team; the session included footwork, movement and passing drills and finished with a game which Gareth himself took part in.

After the session Gareth posed for photos and signed shirts and boots alike for the team and their parents.

It was a fantastic experience for all involved and we would like to extend a huge thank you to Gareth for taking the time to visit the team and we are sure they were inspired having spent time with him.

We wish the team the best of luck at Wembley where they will face the school representing Morecambe.