Thorpe Wood cel­e­brate Eng­land Foot­ball Day with dream trip to Wem­b­ley

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

CITY club Thorpe Wood Rangers ex­pe­ri­enced the ul­ti­mate foot­ball ad­ven­ture on Eng­land Foot­ball Day (June 12) by play­ing on the pitch at the home of foot­ball, Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

The team ran out of the play­ers’ tun­nel and were coached on the pitch by the FA’s spe­cial­ist coaches, be­fore sit­ting down with their fam­i­lies to watch the Eng­land vs USA game in the Bobby Moore Suite.

Thorpe Wood Rangers won a na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion to be put through their paces by top FA coaches and the team were joined on the day by 200 other play­ers aged be­tween seven and 16 cho­sen from around the coun­try.

Spe­cial guests at Wem­b­ley also in­cluded celebri­ties Gary Bar­low, Melinda Mes­sen­ger and for­mer Olympic swim­mer Sharon Davis who at­tended with their ‘bud­ding Beck­hams’.

The Wem­b­ley event was part of the FA’s Eng­land Foot­ball Day cam­paign which wa set aside to en­cour­age teams up and down the coun­try to put on foot­ball fes­ti­vals and get more peo­ple play­ing the game, get­ting in to coach­ing or sim­ply cel­e­brat­ing foot­ball dur­ing the World Cup.

Na­tion­wide over 300 Eng­land Foot­ball Day events were or­gan­ised by teams of all ages and abil­i­ties.

On Eng­land Foot­ball Day the Wem­b­ley pitch was di­vided into nine sec­tions. Each sec­tion had two coaches run­ning dif­fer­ent ses­sions to de­velop key skills such as pass­ing, de­fend­ing and shoot­ing. While Thorpe Wood Rangers were coached on the pitch, their fam­i­lies watched from the stands and were also able to en­joy the ac­tion as it was broad­cast on the big screens.

Thorpe’s Max How­land said: “It’s been an amaz­ing day. Walk­ing out of the tun­nel and play­ing on the Wem­b­ley pitch where some of the best play­ers in the world have played is some­thing I’ll never for­get.”

DREAM TRIP: For these Thorpe Wood play­ers to Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

HAPPY ANIVER­SARY: Dar­ren Gib­son (back) and his young goal­keep­ers cel­e­brated the first an­niver­sary of Club GK last week. (METP-13-0610BD600)

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