YOUNGSTERS were able to get hands on and see what goes on behind the scenes during a visit to Colchester United’s stadium.

About 130 members of Colchester North District Cubs were the guests of honour as the U’s maintained their play-off hopes with a 2-0 win over MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.

After taking part in a five-a-side competition on the astroturf pitches at the Jobserve Community Stadium some lucky youngsters got the chance to shadow the club cameraman, groundsman, kit man and produce a match report.

The children, who are part of

12 packs of cubs based in the area, then cheered the team to victory from the stands.

Standard bearers also welcomed the players on to the pitch and there was a parade at half time.

Bill Miller, assistant district commander of the Cub Scouts, said: “We have been doing it for the last four years.

“The kids really love it. The weather was a bit cloudy again but that didn’t ruin it.

“A lot of the kids are big football fans and everyone loves playing in the tournament.

“It is a brilliant day and it is good to have close contact with the club.”

Matt Hudson, media manager at Colchester United, said: “We were really pleased to welcome so many cub scouts to the stadium again on Saturday.

“This is becoming a regular event in our season’s calendar and the cubs appear to be enjoying the chance to play and watch football on their visits.”They were right behind the team during the

90 minutes, so it was good to be able to reward them with a win.”