UNITED in the Community (UITC) took 28 youngsters to where the England national team train.

The group were treated to a tour of St Georges Park in Burton upon Trent, as well as having their own session with FA qualified coaches.

On arrival, the children were taken to their own dressing rooms before making their way into the impressive indoor 3G, a replica of Wembley’s pitch.

The group were split into three for the sessions, which included lots of opportunities to show off skills and tricks, as well as being able to develop in other areas.

UITC is a registered charity that provides soccer schools during school holidays throughout the county, while they also work with schools with quality provision in PE and after school clubs.

The Soccer Schools and Education Programme enable staff, coaches and scouts to recognise and identify local talent in order to enable youngsters to progress through to the Development Centre and possibly academy teams.

“UITC works hard to provide access to football for all children from four to 14 and received funding from Cargill towards these schemes," said UITC coach Luke Shuttleworth.

"We are committed to providing opportunities for all and promoting healthy lifestyles in schools across Herefordshire and it was an important experience for our participants.

"They saw first hand the commitment, coaching, support and training at a semi-professional and professional level, which this inspires them to be the best they can be.”

For more information about the soccer schools, email laura.davies@uitc.uk.com