This month, we were delighted to welcome a youth team from the St. Mirren’s “Street Stuff” community project who came down to visit us in London, returning the visit that one of our #FBBSchools teams made to Scotland last summer. Street Stuff is an award-winning programme diverting young people away from possible antisocial behaviour, which has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire in Scotland. For many of the young people involved, this was their first ever journey to London, and the highlight of their trip was certainly the tour of Wembley, kindly facilitated by the FA, who wanted to provide these young people with a unique opportunity to learn about this historic stadium.
On a sunny midweek morning, the young Scots arrived at Wembley Stadium for their tour in high spirits. They are a brilliant group of young people, both respectful and funny – and well marshalled by their coordinator Stevie Gallacher – a fantastic youth worker and a future Scotland manager! Much to the team’s amusement, the official tour guide was actually a fellow Scot and St. Mirren fan – giving them the perfect Wembley welcome! The young people chatted excitedly and took countless photos as they were given a tour Wembley’s trophy cabinets, press room, exercise facilities, and changing rooms – all culminating in a huge excitement as they walked out of the player’s tunnel and into the heart of the stadium!
Reflecting on the whole trip to London, one of the youngest players, Jamie Reed, said: “The Wembley stadium tour was my favourite experience, it was so interesting to learn about the history. I want to say a special thanks to the English FA for that opportunity.” Stevie, the project coordinator, very much agreed with Jamie: “The highlight of our London journey had to be Wembley. The kids are football mad, so to get this unique opportunity was massive – I give thanks to the FA and to Football Beyond Borders. To see their faces light up as we were walking out the tunnel and see the FA cup for the first time up close it was something which will stick with me for a long time.”
You can find out more about the Street Stuff project here.
You can see more photos from their Wembley tour here and watch a video of the young people reflecting on the tour below: