Skegness Grammar School pupils visit FA HQ

The group (left to right) Victoria Hodges, Natasha Khan Johnson� James Cowell, Lucas Gartshore, Marcus Upjohn, Paul Cox and Chloe De-La Fontaine in front of the autograph wall.
The group (left to right) Victoria Hodges, Natasha Khan Johnson� James Cowell, Lucas Gartshore, Marcus Upjohn, Paul Cox and Chloe De-La Fontaine in front of the autograph wall.

Seven lucky Skegness students enjoyed two days at English football’s headquarters recently.

They trained and stayed at St George’s Park in a visit organised by Skegness Grammar School sponsors the David Ross Education Trust.

The trip’s purpose was to select all star netball and football teams made up of players from DRET’s seven academies.

Over the two days the four boys and three girls selected to represent SGS received football and netball coaching from European coaches at the National Football Centre near Burton-upon-Trent.

The students are now waiting to find out whether they were selected.

PE teacher Sian Owens, who accompanied the students to the training base for England’s 24 teams, said it had been a “fantastic opportunity”.

“They stayed at the Hilton Hotel and used all the facilities St George’s Park has to offer,” she said.

“They were just excited to be there but also had the chance to meet former England caretaker manager Peter Taylor and ex Scotland boss Walter Smith during the visit.

“All the students had a great two days and benefitted from another fantastic sporting opportunity that the David Ross Educational Trust offers.”

- The students (from left) Victoria Hodges, Natasha Khan Johnson¸ James Cowell, Lucas Gartshore, Marcus Upjohn, Paul Cox and Chloe De-La Fontaine in front of the autograph wall.