Thorpe Wood celebrate England Football Day with dream trip to Wembley
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)