DREAMS are about to come true for a group of schoolboy rugby players from Great Sankey High School.

The year seven team have become the first Warrington team to reach the prestigious Champion Schools final, to be played on Challenge Cup Final day at Wembley Stadium.

A memorable semi-final victory over West Yorkshire’s Brooksbank School at Crosfields last week booked their place at the national stadium and sparked jubilant scenes of celebration.

They will face Wigan’s Standish High School in the traditional curtain-raiser to the Challenge Cup Final on Saturday, August 24.

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Andrew Gee – the school’s head of PE – has been involved with Great Sankey’s rugby teams for three decades and could not contain his pride.

“I’m absolutely delighted – it has always been a dream for me,” he said.

“This is pretty much the pinnacle of schoolboy rugby league.

“We’ve had teams who have won national finals but we’ve never had the chance to play at Wembley.

“You can tell by the reaction of the lads after the semi-final how excited they are.

“To be the first ever Warrington school to play at Wembley makes it really very special.

“The lads wish the game was tomorrow, which you can understand!”

It has been far from a smooth passage to the promised land for Great Sankey, who won qualifiers against neighbour schools in Warrington to kick off their run.

After coming out on top in the north west regional competition – featuring a win over their Wembley opponents – they saw off Millom in the quarter-finals to set up a meeting with Brooksbank.

In that game, they came from behind twice to record a 16-10 victory.

Warrington Wolves Foundation community coach Lee Westwood, who coaches the team, says many of the players are familiar with each other as they play together for Crosfields’ under 12s side.

“They’ve beaten a lot of big teams to get to this stage,” he said.

“To win the semi-final how they did as well – to come from behind twice – was brilliant for them.

“We’re pretty lucky that eight or nine of the boys play for my side at Crosfields, so they’ve played together for a while.

“Defensively they were really good – I think a bit of nerves got to them in the early stages.

“We put a couple of balls down and they capitalised on it.

“To stay in there and come back doesn’t half show some character.

“We beat Standish in the final of the regional competition. Millom in the quarters before Brooksbank in the semis.

“It’s really special being the first ever Warrington school to play at Wembley.”