Ten FBB youth participants from Sandringham Primary School were lucky enough to attend the West Ham v Burnley Premier League match at Upton Park recently, accompanied by Head of Coaching, Jack Badu, and their FBB teacher, Paul Kell. The tickets were organised through the schools existing link with West Ham’s school programme which gives local schoolkids the chance to go to games at reduced price. The boys themselves paid for the tickets – £1 each!
The game was a lot more exciting than the 1-0 scoreline suggests, with a penalty, a red card and a string of amazing saves from Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. West Ham had 22 shots in the second half which is a Premier League record for this season!
The boys, aged 10 and 11, also interviewed West Ham and Burnley fans before the match – even meeting one man who had been a West Ham supporter for 65 years! During the game, they made notes of the main events and in the coming weeks will be using these notes and the fans’ interview responses to make their very own match reports. It was a lovely, sunny day in East London and everyone involved had a great time.
Paul Kell, their teacher, said: “The day was a brilliant experience for the boys, some of whom had never been to a football match before. It was particularly interesting for them to interview local fans who had been supporting West Ham for such a long time. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day at Upton Park and particularly loved the action-packed second half.”
Jack Badu, FBB’s Head of Coaching, said: “This was a great chance for some of the kids to have a full match-day experience. From watching both teams warm-up to discussing whether West Ham Midfielder Mark Noble should replace Jack Wilshere in the England National Team. The early sending off forced Burnley to attack and leaving gaps for the home team to counter. The icing on the cake had to be the popping of the bubbles that were blown pre-match, at half and full-time.”