Teachers from a Coventry
school ran out winners at the weekend when they were treated to a trip
to the final game at Wembley to receive an award for the standard of
their football training.
Minutes before England kicked
off in their fateful World Cup qualifier against Germany, two teachers
from Stivichall Primary were on the hallowed turf being congratulated
by Sir Bobby Charlton.
The school in Green Lane was
declared regional winners of a scheme run by the FA to encourage
football at grass-roots level.
PE co-ordinator Phil Mellen
and Martin Bainbridge are among five teachers at the school who have
passed FA coaching qualifications.
This and the standard of
facilities at the school helped earn a charter mark, and allowed
Stivichall to enter a regional heat to find the best school in the
Mr Mellen said:
“We were on the pitch
about half an hour before the game started and all the players were
out there warming up.
“At one point Michael Owen
ran past us. It was a good time to go, although it wasn’t the best
“We are lucky here because
we have five members of staff who are interested in football.
“It enables us to run
training and teams for years two to six for both boys and girls.
“We’ve only got one
pitch, but we use the Memorial Park and we host a number of
Bobby said well done, and told us to keep the good work. It’s a
tremendous achievement for the school.”