Chesterfield’s under 11 academy side is heading to Ireland this weekend to compete in the Mayo International Cup.
The team will be competing in a nine-a-side round robin tournament on Friday and will have two sides entering the main tournament on Saturday, which will be seven-a-side.
Millwall FC will also be a part of the competition as well as other academy sides.
Lead coach at development stage (under 9-11) Darren Molloy said: “It will be a good test for our boys and they’ll be spending a lot of time together.
"It will be like living as a professional footballer for a few days, sharing accommodation, eating and sleeping properly as a team. It will be a great experience for them.
“At such a young age, it will be the first time many of them have been away from home by themselves. It will be interesting to see how they react and see the different characters and personalities that emerge from the different challenges, pressures and responsibilities they’ll face.
“The experience will be important in helping the players achieve their full potentials and becoming the best they can possibly be.
“Hopefully it will be a great weekend of football. The most important thing is that the lads enjoy themselves whilst they’re away and take something positive from trip.”