Hayesbrook Students 'Access All Areas' at CAFC
On Tuesday 8th March 2016, we took 78 lucky Year 7 - 13 students for a 'behind the scenes' tour of Charlton Athletic Football Club's home ground.
We travelled up on a coach that was provided by the club. There was a lot of excitement on the coach with talk of one man and one man only - YAYA SANOGO! (Unfortunately his night didn’t finish so well!) When we arrived at Charlton we were met by their wonderful staff who were also our tour guides. The boys were given a tour of the stadium and the opportunity to go in the players’ entrance and pass by the changing rooms. The boys then went through the tunnel and were allowed access pitch side, where they were given the opportunity to sit on the ‘home’ bench. Even though it’s a comfortable place, I’m sure most of the boys wouldn’t want to spend too much time on the subs’ bench! We were then taken to the directors’ seats where the boys felt very important; they then had the chance to ask questions.
We were informed on the tour that Charlton Athletic are offering adult season tickets for the 2016-17 season in one area of the ground for just £175 for the whole season. That works out at just £7.61 per game! This means Charlton Athletic remain one of the most affordable professional clubs to watch in London.
When the tour was over, some of the boys visited the club shop and others chose the more traditional football-style event of visiting the burger van! We then entered the stadium and the boys were in good voice ahead of a relegation six pointer match. 18 lucky students from our school were selected to be flag bearers before the game which was an exciting opportunity that not everyone gets to experience. One Year 7 student made himself very popular amongst the group after being a lucky winner of 12 free pies which, in true Hayesbrook spirit, he shared with his peers and staff.
The game kicked off at 7.45pm; after a dull first half the game came to life in the second half. Unfortunately we weren’t treated to any goals but the biggest cheer was when Yaya Sanogo entered the pitch in the 58th minute. Unfortunately he was sent off in the 94th minute but again this got the boys chanting his name. After a smooth and enjoyable trip we were late back to Hayesbrook due to an accident on the A21.
May I take this opportunity to thanks the parents for their full support and the students for being a credit to Hayesbrook throughout the visit.
Mr J Tebbutt - Trip Leader
“The game was enjoyable and it was fun to sit in the home dugout. it was a privilege to meet one of the players and thank you to Lisa Squires, Charlton Athletics’ Club Development Manager, who gave up her time to look after us.” Ben Bradley - Year 7.
“It was a great experience. The coach trip was fun and it was exciting to be a flag bearer before the game.” Fynley Rutherford – Year 7.
"An enjoyable and lovely evening with 78 students of Hayesbrook whose behaviour was a credit to us. Also a big thank you to Charlton Athletic who are well renowned for instilling and promoting a family friendly culture.” Mrs Christmas – Staff Member.
"The boys were fantastic I really enjoyed touring them and Sunil did say the same, they are a real credit to Hayesbrook, even the cheeky ones! We look forward to seeing you back again soon."
Lisa Squires - Club Development Manager, Charlton Athletic Football Club .