Memories were made for 20 children from a football Academy in Mansfield, as they proudly walked into Wembley Stadium and onto the pitch as flag bearers for this years exciting Community Shield game between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Although one team had to win on the day, it didn’t matter for the children from popular football academy, Kixx Mansfield, as they enjoyed an incredible experience being part of the pre match guard of honour.
Kixx Mansfield were chosen, along with seven other football clubs around the country by Community Shield official supporter, McDonalds, due to their continued support in developing grassroots football.
Head coach and owner at Kixx Mansfield, Liam King, is no stranger to Wembley, having both captained and scored two penalties for North Ferriby Utd in a shock comeback victory over Wrexham for the 2015 FA Trophy.
Liam King commented: “It was such an incredible day for these young children and we are all so proud of them at Kixx. Going onto the pitch at Wembley and having the responsibility of being part of the guard of honour and being a flag bearer could be quite a nerve wracking thing for any child, but they were all amazing.
“It’s also a very proud moment for the coaching team at Kixx Mansfield. To watch children from our football academy, wearing our bright orange team colours and walk out onto Wembley on national TV was a sight we will never forget.
“We can’t thank McDonalds enough for creating this opportunity for these amazing children of Mansfield”
Kerry Graves, Operations Consultant for McDonald’s Mansfield said:
“Kixx Mansfield are a fantastic example of a community club and I’ve been lucky enough to see what they do first-hand. The work they do in Mansfield is exemplary and this is a fitting reward for what they achieved throughout last season and what they will go on to do this year.”
After their important pre match duties, all the Kixx Mansfield children were lead to seats in Wembley Stadium with their parents, to enjoy the game. Raheem Sterling put Manchester City into the lead after just 12 minutes with a volley from close range. The second half proved a different game as Liverpool put in a solid performance and scored an equaliser through Joel Matip in the 77th minute.
The game had to be decided by a penalty shootout with Gabriel Jesus scoring the deciding penalty and Manchester City winning 5-4, becoming the 2019 Community Shield winners.