An Eastbourne schoolboy has taken a starring role in the Women’s FA Cup final after escorting the trophy into Wembley Stadium this week.
Freddie Saunders, a 10-year-old pupil at Willingdon Primary School, walked out onto the pitch in front of a crowd of 32,913 fans to present the trophy and the SSE Player of the Match award to Arsenal striker Danielle Carter.
Freddie’s 9-year-old brother Jamie also took part in the match, walking Arsenal LFC Goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal onto the pitch before the game began on Saturday, May 14.
Proud dad Ian Saunders said, “For us to be in the stands watching Freddie and Jamie was a proud moment and all our friends and family were able to tune in and watch the boys live on TV.
“It was such a special day and we will always remember seeing our children celebrate with the winning team”.
Freddie, who plays for Stone Cross Royals FC, also got the chance to celebrate with Arsenal players after the final whistle was blown.
Freddie said, “Being able to walk out on the pitch with the trophy at Wembley Stadium is a dream come true. I was so nervous but loved every minute of it. I’ll never forget this day and I can’t wait to tell all of my friends at school”.
The cup final is sponsored by utilities company SSE, which helps fund women’s football projects around the UK.
John Stewart SSE HR director said, “At SSE we are incredibly proud to support women’s football and be an integral part of the huge progress the game is making.
“We hope that by giving children like Freddie the opportunity to be involved in the competition in such ground-breaking fashion will inspire boys and girls across the country to get involved in the game.”
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