It was an exciting experience for two Avro FC youngsters as they represented one of the biggest football clubs in the world, writes Milja Stevenson.

George Macdonald, who plays for Avro’s under-11 bombers, and Archie Kennard, who plays for the club’s under 10s section — were both given the opportunity to represent Manchester City at the Premier League Primary Stars’ national final.

It came about when their school — South Failsworth Primary School — won Manchester City’s regional Premier League Primary Stars tournament.

The tournament saw them defeat all the other primary schools located in the catchment area for Manchester City and, as a result, were selected to represent this season’s Premier League winners in the national finals.

The national finals took place on Wednesday, June 12 at Brentford’s Gtech Community Stadium in London.

This event was, for many of the players taking part, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk in the boots of a Premier League footballer for the day.

As a part of this experience, they got to walk out of the tunnel with the Premier League anthem playing, wear their team’s kit, get refereed by Premier League, EFL and WSL accredited officials and play on a top-flight pitch.

George and Archie’s Manchester City team played against representative sides of Brighton, Manchester United, Sheffield United and Everton and they both put in good performances.

“Unfortunately, George and Archie’s side didn’t make it past the group stage, with a loss to Brighton who went on to be crowned the winners of the tournament,” said a spokesman from the club.

“Nevertheless, this was an amazing event for the lads to be a part of and they were a credit to their families, their school, and everyone at Avro FC.”