Sporting Bengal Academy spend day at Wembley through ‘Fans for Diversity’
Players and staff from the Sporting Bengal Academy, based in east London, were given the opportunity to spend a day at Wembley Stadium through the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign.
The young academy players, aged between 11-13, were joined by coaching staff and parents as they took part in an all-access tour of Wembley and a football related education session.
The day of activities was organised by the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, which is run in partnership between Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF).
To start off their day at Wembley, the young players and staff from Sporting Bengal were given a tour of the ground. During the tour they learned about the history of English football at Wembley, including some of the famous FA Cup finals as well as the Three Lions’s World Cup victory in 1966.
Following on from the tour, the players went to the FA Learning Zone for an afternoon of educational based activities. The children learned about the various teams who represent England and the diversity of players and coaches across the national game.
It was an enjoyable day for the children at Wembley, and Anwar Uddin, the FSF’s Diversity and Campaigns Manager, was thrilled that the young players got to see Wembley like never before.
“We want to encourage more younger fans from all communities across the country to engage with their local teams and ultimately become the next generation of England supporters.
“Every football club and every national team have a magical history and once learned it’s hard to forget and that’s why it’s so important we encourage all communities to get involved in the game.”
Imrul Gazi, coach at Sporting Bengal Academy, was delighted that the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign helped his players visit Wembley.
“I think it’s been a brilliant day for the kids to visit Wembley Stadium, they’ve all really enjoyed it and taken a great deal from the day.
“90% of the children have never been to Wembley, so for them to get to see the changing rooms and walk by the pitch side was second to none. They were clearly chuffed; it’s been a memorable experience.
“A big thank you has to go to Anwar and the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign. The campaign does a brilliant job working with fans and aspiring players at the grassroots level. For us as a club we hope to build upon these types of relationships for the future.”
Images from the day at Wembley Stadium: