Talented junior footballers from West Norfolk will have the chance to shine on a bigger stage this Saturday when their side competes at a national tournament in Leicester.

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Highly-rated West Winch Under-10s are one of a handful of sides across the country to have been invited to take part in the All Cities Elite Shield (Aces).

Carl Carter’s side were selected after lifting consecutive Mid Norfolk league and cup doubles and beating an Arsenal Soccer School side in a friendly.

Manager Carl Carter said: “We’ve been monitored for two years after they saw what we did in the league so the Aces committee have been keeping an eye on us.

“We’ve been picked for how well we’ve done so the lads are over the moon. They can’t wait to play in the tournament and it’ll be a fantastic experience.”

Winch, who were mascots at King’s Lynn Town’s last home game of the season, will be competing against 19 other teams in the under-11 age-group category.

They will represent King’s Lynn alongside 159 of the other “high quality teams” who were hand-picked to compete at the prestigious event.

Carter, who completed a 57-mile bike ride with coach Andy Stewart to help raise funds for the trip, thanked Lynn’s Bow Brand for giving a donation of £800.

Players also held bag-packing days at the town’s Hardwick Road Tesco – who also donated fruit and drink for the players to consume – and South Wootton’s Asda which raised £2,200.

Winch have since been able to buy two kits while players and their parents can travel to the competition on a coach.

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