Tuesday 17th August 2021 was a big day. Mark and Jack from Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (WWSET) were delighted to welcome 14-year old Owen and his 13-year-old brother, Ben, to Adams Park and a look around what we do, including taking the lead as a coach. We wrote about it earlier this week, but here is the day in their words…
Visit to Adams Park, Coaching & playing at the Summer School in Cressex – Report by Ben (13)
On Tuesday 17 August, I was lucky enough to go to Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park ground with my brother Owen (14) to have a look behind the scenes at the stadium. Our guide was Mark Fawkes from WWSET, the Sports and Education Trust Charity. Mark took us to have a look everywhere – into the stands, into the dugouts, into the press box, and even into the changing rooms!
I have been to watch Wycombe play many times before; I have even carried a flag in the guard of honour & kicked a penalty on the pitch at halftime when I was a mascot a long time ago but I have never seen these important places at our local club before. It was really interesting!
I started playing football with WWSET at an after-school club in primary school, and even had several WWSET birthday parties when I was younger! More recently, I have been to the WWSET Youth Club in the holidays and I go to their Premier League Kicks sessions on a Saturday. All the coaches and staff are brilliant – they always make it a lot of fun.
It was great to have a tour of Adams Park. I have done tours at Wembley, St George’s Park, Old Trafford (I support Manchester United in the Premier League), the London Stadium, and even Camp Nou in Barcelona but it is great to see how your local team operates.
After the tour, Owen & I were given WWSET shirts and we found our stone on the Wanderers Wall. Mum bought it for Dad’s special birthday last year! We also have a commemorative stone at Wembley and at Twickenham (many of you will think that is a game played with a wrong shaped ball).
After our tour of the stadium, we were made honorary WWSET coaches and went to the Cressex Community School to help with a coaching session at the Summer School. We had the option of playing with the kids or coaching. Owen opted to coach, but I chose to play. It was a lot of fun. I even managed to score the winning goal in the last few minutes!
The WWSET social media team tagged me and Anthony Stewart in the Instagram post as Anthony scored the late equaliser in the Tuesday night game against Wigan. I was chuffed that I got a tag for scoring the goal but even happier when Anthony Stewart (@bigssy5) commented on the post. “Well done Ben.” Check out the Instagram and Twitter posts for @WW_SET.