Dave Carpenter and Luke Anfmoz from Paignton CS College were among 40 England Football Day festival organisers invited to Wembley Stadium to attend the recent launch of England Football Day with John Terry and Matthew Upson.
As well as having the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet both England internationals, Dave and Luke also enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of Wembley Stadium which concluded with a photo opportunity with the players pitch-side.
Inspired by England’s kick-off against the USA on Saturday, June 12, England players and The FA are calling on the entire country to show their support for the team and pride in our national game by organising a nationwide festival of football. The aim of the England Football Day festivals will be for clubs, schools and businesses to throw open their doors and encourage more people than ever to sign up for a team, become a volunteer, get into coaching or simply celebrate.
Fabio Capello, England manager said: “In England we each share a wonderful passion for the game. I’m sure England Football Day will be a positive experience for the whole country. It is a great opportunity for players, children and families to get involved in football and inspire a new generation.”
Open to everyone, clubs wanting to organise a festival event can join in the celebratory mood and organise their own mini World Cup tournament, run coaching taster sessions or even rally volunteers to give a new lick of paint to their clubhouse. Many will round off the day by screening the England match in their clubhouses. The FA has already recruited over 100 clubs across the country who have taken England Football Day to their hearts and are setting the example for others to follow and demonstrate the unrivalled passion of fans and players of all ages.
The England Football Day festivals will also provide the perfect opportunity for people to take their first steps into coaching and find out more about The FA Youth Award. This groundbreaking new course has been designed to help coaches understand young player’s technical and motivational requirements and ensure England continues to produce players capable of gracing the World stage.
Supporting clubs in the build up to England Football Day, The FA has launched a dedicated England Football Day website where clubs can get tips on how to stage, promote and enjoy the benefits of getting involved. The website also features an inspirational message from Fabio Capello calling on the nation to come together for England.
To find out more about England Football Day and how to get involved visit the England Football Day website.