On Friday 29th of March 70 boys from Prep went to St George’s Park, the England football team’s training facility. It was a great experience and all the boys loved it! The trip involved a tour of the Football Association’s training ground, where all England teams train up to a senior level. We also had a training session with FA qualified coaches.
We set off first thing in a huge blue and white double decker bus, which was a great start to the day. After we arrived, we had a tour around the changing rooms where all the senior England squad change. It was huge! There was a giant timer on the wall, which tells the players how long there is until their next match.
Next we all went to see a wall, which all the England players and players from other teams have signed. We were challenged to try and find David Beckham’s and Lionel Messi’s signatures. We were also told that the signatures of the entire Barcelona squad were on the wall but it was difficult to locate them.
We then went to see a full-sized indoor astro pitch, which replicates the outside conditions. It was totally mind-blowing! We were then taken outside to see the Sir Bobby Charlton Wembley replica pitch. This was the only pitch that spectators are forbidden to walk on. This is because the pitch is reserved for the senior England squad to train on. You know you’ve made it to the top when you can get to play on this pitch. Not even the junior England teams are allowed to play on it.
Finally we all went over to David Beckham’s pitch to be trained by the FA Qualified Coaches. There were three activity stations and all of us were split into year groups to take part in each activity. The three stations included dribbling skills, no passing backwards and playing a normal match.
After our amazing training session, we all had a much-deserved lunch while sitting outside in the beautiful hot sun. Sadly, after finishing our lunch we had to say goodbye to David Beckham’s pitch and to St George’s Park. It was a truly memorable experience and we are very grateful to all the teachers who organised the trip and enabled it to happen.
Written by James Scurlock and Ishaan Bradstock