During the Easter holidays the following students were invited to be mascots at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier, England V Wales at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton FC.
Sasha Mole, Elli Hawkins-Way, Tilli Hawkins-Way, Abigail Blick, Lauren Blick, Rhiana Wesson, Alex Gilpin, Magenta Fraser, Lauren Waldron, Casey Hillidge, Lucy Reeves, Olivia Trapnell, Jasmine Henley, Issy Bullock
The girls were real ambassadors for the school and for the country. Well done everyone involved! Here are some thoughts from the girls on their day, as well as some photographs of the event.
What I most enjoyed about the trip up to Southampton was that you were able to go onto the pitch that the players were playing on. We were able to go to areas which would usually be restricted to the general public. I also loved the suspense of whether someone was going to score even though sadly the match ended 0-0. I also liked that we were able to represent England Lionesses when holding the flags. The day was probably one of the most memorable days of my life and a day I will never forget.
Issy Bullock 8ED
I had an incredible time in Southampton, each part of the day was amazing, even the 4 hour drive up there and back. It was a wonderful experience and opportunity to have been asked to walk onto the pitch and hold the England Flag. Even watching the game afterwards with our friends was exciting, knowing that everyone at home was watching us. Lots of us didn’t know the National Anthem, so we were trying to learn it on the way up, we still forgot parts of it. It was great to meet the players and have our photos and videos to remember the day. It was truly amazing and I am incredibly thankful to have been given this opportunity.
The trip to Southampton and being a part of the opening ceremony for the Women’s England Football Team will be a memory I will never forget. I feel honoured to have had the experience of walking onto the pitch, performing in the ceremony, the roar of the crowd and meeting the players afterwards. It was amazing.
Every second of the day was unbelievable; it felt like I was in a dream. I enjoyed walking out with the flag the most, the game, the atmosphere and at the end getting to meet the players and have their autographs. It was a great experience and a load of fun J.
When we arrived at Southampton we had to jump straight into training. As this finished, the water sprinklers were put on as we were folding the flag, so some of us got wet. My favourite part of the day was walking onto the pitch as it gave you a completely different perspective to watching it on TV. At the end of the game we got to take pictures with the players and get some autographs. I enjoyed the whole day as it was an amazing experience.
My experience at Southampton was incredible, I enjoyed every second of it. It was unreal being offered the chance to be a mascot for England. It was my first ever time at a stadium and my first time watching a professional football match and I am going to remember it for the rest of my life. The atmosphere was amazing and I didn’t stop shouting. Overall it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I loved every second.
For me the best part of the day was going onto the pitch with the flag because it was amazing to have the opportunity to do a once in a lifetime thing that no ordinary fan would get to do. I didn’t realise that the people that do it are required to have proper training before the match and it was a lot of fun. I also enjoyed watching the game in the stadium instead of on the television because it is a much better experience. Another part of the day I enjoyed was that we had the chance to get some players’ signatures on the England flag that we were given as a souvenir of the day.