The Gerrards Cross CE School, representing Wycombe Wanderers, were victorious in the EFL Kids Cup League One National Final played at Wembley Stadium prior to the League One play-off final on Sunday.

The EFL Kids Cup is a nationwide six-a-side schools football tournament that sees each EFL club community trust hold a competition for all local schools that wish to take part, and which sees over 16,000 players take part each year nationwide. The winners of the local club competitions then go on to represent their football club in the regional phase of the competition where they face schools representing other EFL clubs from the same division, all playing for a place in the National Final which takes place at the home of English football.

Those 26 teams were eventually whittled down to just two and on January 12, Danesfield Primary and Gerrards Cross CE School battled it out on the Adams Park pitch under the floodlights following the Doncaster fixture to find an eventual winner.

Gerrards Cross won the game and were subsequently invited to represent the Chairboys in the regional round of the tournament which took place on March 15.

Gerrards Cross CE put in some incredible performances throughout the regional tournament and after getting through the group stages managed to win their semi-final 7-0 and then win the final 7-1 to be crowned regional champions and book their place in the National Final against Leighswood School representing Walsall FC, after they won the Northern stage of the Regional Finals.

Following an all-expenses paid overnight trip to London on Saturday, and a behind the scenes tour of Wembley on Sunday morning, Gerrards Cross CE took to the pitch in high spirits and full of confidence having already won two other national school football titles recently; the English Schools FA Trophy and the FA Youth Futsal title.

Once the game kicked off the first half proved to be a very tight affair. Both sides battled hard throughout the first period of the game, but neither could make the breakthrough. However the Chairboys came closest to opening the scoring through Calum Dalby, but a fantastic save from Walsall’s William Tomlinson kept the game level.

Into the second-half and with the game looking like it was heading to the lottery of a penalty shootout, up stepped Wycombe captain Alex Thomas to fire his side into the lead with a direct free-kick from 20-yards finding the top corner of the Walsall goal.

The team managed to then hold onto the lead for the remaining time and celebrated their victory emphatically when the final whistle was blown.

Following the customary walk up the Wembley steps to collect their trophy which was presented by Radio and TV presenter Colin Murray and ex-England striker Darren Bent.

Captain Thomas said: “It was such a surreal moment for me scoring the winning goal at Wembley; it really doesn’t get much better than that. I am speechless and it made it better for me that I did it with all my friends. I have been to watch some England games here with my dad and never expected to play here. We have been a really successful team over the years, but this will be the last time we play together (before going to secondary school) and we are so happy to have won the game.”

Phil Arnold, who coaches the Gerrards Cross CE team, added: "Everybody at the school had a great time playing in the EFL Kids Cup. The hospitality extended to the squad party by the EFL was first class and the boys loved seeing the inner sanctum of Wembley Stadium.

"The real highlight for me was that so many people within our school community, many of whom know the boys well but have never seen this team play, were able to enjoy the day and celebrate this great experience with the players.

"It was a privilege for all of us - players, parents, their families, teachers, support assistants and governors - to represent our local football club Wycombe Wanderers and get the opportunity to play a National Final on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium. We are all very lucky and obviously very proud to have completed our National 'Treble' in such a special setting."