Vision for Education and Durham Women have combined to give over 100 North East youngsters a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Wembley Stadium.
Over recent years, the club and their partners have sent hundreds of children to the national stadium to watch international or cup final fixtures.
And this year, the duo combined to send two coachloads of pupils from across the North East to the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final.
Ahead of the trip, several of the schools were visited by Durham captain Sarah Wilson to deliver their tickets as the excitement built.
Commenting on the trip, Vision for Education Branch Manager Paul Hillas said: “It’s such a privilege to be able to offer our client schools and North East students a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Wembley and attend the Vitality Women’s FA Cup final.
“The feedback we received form the schools, teachers and students who went to Wembley was excellent and they all had an unforgettable day.
“Our partnership with Durham Women FC allows us to give back to our schools in many ways, but this is the one everyone looks forward to!
Natasha Hendry, Vision for Education’s SEND Branch Manager, added: “We are so grateful for our continuous partnership with Durham Women FC which allows us to provide this fantastic opportunity to our schools.
“The staff, students and parents who attended thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Wembley to watch the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final.
“Not only does this help to promote woman’s football within schools but this has been a once in a lifetime experience for the young people we work with.”
And Mark Donnelly of Durham Women commented: “This trip is always a major highlight of the year, and the fact we were able to offer it to more schools and pupils than ever before is absolutely brilliant.
“It’s great that we can continue to work with Vision for Education on exciting initiatives such as this – and tournaments which we have run earlier in the year – to continue to engage with and inspire young females in the region.
“I’m really excited to see the partnership continue to develop in the coming years.”