IMAGINE having two of your children playing at one of world sport’s grandest venues on the same day.

For Lee Westwood, that particular dream is about to become a reality.

His 12-year-old son Junior will be part of the Great Sankey High School year seven team that takes part in the traditional Champion Schools curtain-raiser.

As if that is not enough to make any father burst with pride, he will then watch his eldest son Declan Patton step out with the Warrington Wolves side that takes on St Helens in the Challenge Cup Final.

For a family with Warrington rugby league in its blood, it is the stuff of dreams.

“I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to be prouder than I am at the moment,” Westwood said.

“Having said that, my Mum might give me a run for my money – they are her two favourite boys!

“For them both to be playing on the hallowed turf on the same day, it’s absolutely fantastic for the family.

“We’re going down on the Thursday but pretty much the whole family are coming down on the Friday.

“I think most kids dream of playing at Wembley and I was no different.

“The reality is that even some of the biggest stars in sport go through their careers without playing there.

“For me, it’s about these two enjoying the day.

“They get to live out my dream for me, which is even better.

“It didn’t really cross my mind when Junior went into Year Seven, but as they got further and further into their competitions, I started to think about it.

“Then Warrington took a dip, so we thought it might not happen.

“When Great Sankey got to the final, Warrington had just set up the Hull FC semi-final so it was still on – I knew they’d beat Hull!

“It would certainly be the best day of my life in rugby.

“I’m proud of all the kids, but to see two of my sons play at Wembley together is hard to top.”

It will not just be a watching brief for the proud dad, either.

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As part of his role as a community coach with the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation, Westwood coaches the Great Sankey team and will be on the sidelines when they take on Standish High School.

They are the first Warrington team to reach Wembley in this competition and Westwood heaped praised on Andrew Gee – the school’s Head of PE – for his three decades of service and commitment.

“I think some of the kids are over-excited, but when it comes to the game they will be fine,” said.

“It’s what they all love to do. If they go out and do their best and enjoy it, that’s all I can ask for.

“We’ve done really well over the past few years with all the schools. We’ve had a couple just miss out on the semi-finals.

“For Great Sankey to do it makes it even more special because Mr Gee has been doing it for 30 years.

“He’s had the likes of Gaz O’Brien and the Evans brothers (former Wire players Rhys and Ben) there but they’ve never reached Wembley until now.

“It’s a dream come true for him.”

For Patton, who walked out with Junior as his mascot for last year’s Challenge Cup Final, it is sure to be a proud older brother moment.

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Junior walked out with his older brother as a mascot at Wembley last year

“I’m hoping we’ll get to the stadium in time so I can watch Junior,” he said.

“I’ll get a few of the boys cheering them on.

“I’m really proud of him – I go and watch him most weeks now.

“He’s doing alright for a little lad! He listens to me sometimes but he’s doing really well.

“He’s very lucky to be doing this at his age – part of me is a little jealous!”

Junior, who plays at half-back and turns out for the Crosfields Cobras under 12s team coached by his father, is naturally excited to share the moment with his friends and his brother.

“I’m really excited to play on the same pitch as him,” he said.

“He takes me out on the field sometimes and he’s taught me a few things.

“The team has got such a good bond from school – it will make it even more special.”

Patton came off the bench in the Wembley defeat to Catalans Dragons last year but looks set for a starting role against St Helens this time around.

He hopes this year will be an all-round better experience but first had a bit of advice for his younger sibling and his teammates.

“They all just need to take it in and enjoy it,” he said,

“It is a big, big place but don’t wind yourself up too much or get overwhelmed by it.

“Last year still haunts me more than anything.

“It was horrible walking up to the box with my head down and watching them lift the cup.

“We probably took it in our stride a bit too much and thought the game was going to come to us. That bit us on the backside.

“It’s kind of nice going in as the underdogs and having no pressure on us. We can go and play how we want to play.”

Westwood himself had a career in the game as a prop forward, playing at youth and reserve level for Warrington before playing semi-professionally for eight years with Chorley Borough.

“When I was coming through, the likes of Bob Jackson and Duane Mann were there so getting into the first team was difficult,” he said.

“I did four years where I was in the first-team squad but it was hard to get game time.

“When Kevin Tamati left and went to Chorley, I went over with him and had eight years there as a semi-pro.

“When you love something and you get paid for it as well, it’s a bonus.

“For Dec to have this as his full-time job is something special.

“That’s all he’s known from being 16 and I hope Junior can follow in his footsteps.”

Now, how about a double of Junior Westwood winning Champion Schools man of the match and Declan Patton scooping the Lance Todd Trophy?

Westwood said with a smile, “I might have a fiver on it.”