Chesterfield academy's under 10 squad for next season travel to Ireland for the DB Summer Cup this weekend.
The trip away will be the first time the young players will experience being away as a team, playing in a tournament consisting of 30 teams: the 14 best sides from Northern Ireland, the 14 best from the Republic of Ireland, along with two Spireites squads.
The level of opposition is expected to be very high but with the boys having played a lot of category one football over the course of the season they should be well prepared.
The tournament will consist of four 25-minute games in the group stage with the top two in each of the six groups entering the knockout competition and the third and fourth place entering the shield - and the team bottom of the group going out.
“It’s another great opportunity for our young players to continue the positive feeling in the foundation phase," said coach Darren Molloy, who is leading the trip. "Our young players have been very successful representing the academy and have been invited to a number of festivals we perhaps would not have been before which is great credit to the players and standard of the work we do within the academy.
"This tournament gives a competitive edge to things which will be different as the academy games programme which again brings its own new challenges for the boys.
"Through the links I have in Ireland we have been lucky enough to be involved in some outstanding trips and the hospitality has been second to none.
"The main aim now is to make sure each age group gets at least one of these trips a season to aid in their development as young people as well as players.
"I’m sure we will have another very successful trip and hopefully the boys will get to bring back a trophy or two.”