Hundreds of school children are preparing to emulate the likes of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo in Medway’s version of the Champions League. Forty schools representing European teams from this season’s Champions League will do battle on Thursday, 23 May.

The seven-a-side mixed tournament is the eighth event of this year’s Mini Youth Games series and will involve some 400 children. A random draw was held to pick leading European clubs for the 40 schools to represent, with team t-shirts being provided matching the club colours.

St Andrew’s School and Delce Junior School have the honour of representing the UEFA Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. St Thomas More Catholic Primary School get to represent Europa League winners Chelsea while current Mini Youth Games leaders Hempstead Junior School are Barcelona for the day.

The tournament is organised by the Medway Sport team and is being hosted by Anchorians FC, who have just been named Charter Standard Community club of the year by the Kent FA.

The Mini Youth Games is a multi-sport programme of events running throughout the school year and open to all Medway primary schools. Prizes are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the overall Mini Youth Games title, with a perpetual shield awarded at the end of the year.

The football is the penultimate event of the 2012/13 series. Individual Night of Champions finals will also be staged during the Medway Festival of Sport, featuring the top eight teams from each event through the year.

The Mini Youth Games are organised with the support of Governing Bodies of Sport, local sports clubs and volunteers.