Pupils treated to special day out at Shrewsbury Town stadium

A group of lucky football-mad students were given access to Shrewsbury Town’s stadium.

Pupils Rubie Francis and Joshua Moran battle it out on the Shrewsbury Town pitch
Pupils Rubie Francis and Joshua Moran battle it out on the Shrewsbury Town pitch

The group of 40 youngsters from Shrewsbury Academy were asked by Shrewsbury Town in the Community to take part in a football tournament at the Shrewsbury Town stadium – Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The students were allowed to wear their Shrewsbury Town kit for the day to feel like one of the team as they were treated to a day full of football fun.

Students took part in a tour of the ground, met the Shrewsbury Town Club chairman and visited the changing rooms, getting a real behind-the-scenes look at their local football club.

They were even able to run through the tunnel like a real footballer.

Shrewsbury Academy students had a fun-packed day at Montgomery Waters Meadow

From there they took part in a mini tournament on the pitch.

Julie Johnson, head of school at Shrewsbury Academy, said: “We were delighted to be given this opportunity and for the students to play on the Shrewsbury Town pitch.

“Many students have never been to a football stadium before, let alone play on the pitch so this was an exciting opportunity for all involved.

“We are working closely with Shrewsbury Town in the Community to ensure every student has the chance to see that a football club is not just players on the pitch but a hub of professionals from a variety of backgrounds working together to bring success.”

Year 7 pupils Charlotte Johnson and William Vnoucek in the players' changing rooms

The idea behind the special trip was to bring opportunities to the Year Seven students who would usually be taken out on enrichment days and school trips.

They haven’t been able to do these activities because of the restrictions in place from the pandemic.

Shrewsbury Academy’s link with Shrewsbury Town in the Community has provided them with a chance to support physical activity and boost student wellbeing outside of a school setting.

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