MOTHERWELL youngster Lewis Guy enjoyed a taste of the English Premier League after taking part in a groundbreaking arrangement with North East giants Sunderland.
The 12-year-old Braidhurst High pupil was among young players from the Gartcairn Football Academy in Airdrie who visited Wearside to play and train against Sunderland’s development squad.
They also enjoyed a tour of the Stadium of Light before settling down to watch the Black Cats against Manchester United.
The opportunity was organised by Trans-Atlantic Soccer’s Premier League Experiences to show Scottish schoolchildren what life as a professional footballer is really like.
And although the Gartcairn scholars failed to make it past the group stages of the Sunderland-hosted events, Lewis said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
He said: “We had to a put a lot of effort in because we were up against boys a bit older and tougher than us but I think we did well.
“I’ve never been to a Premier League match before but I support Manchester United so it’s a dream come true really – it was a brilliant experience and a real eye-opener about how Premier League players live, train and play.”