Youngsters Earn Trip To Olympic Football

The Five Islands School football club members have raised the £10,000 they needed to send 39 children and 10 supporting adults for a three-night trip to the Olympics.

The group will watch Team GB play Uruguay and Mexico take on Switzerland at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in August.

Some of the funding has come from the Council through the extended schools fund and there have been donations from the Scillonian Club and the Buffs organisation, but the children have also played their part.

They undertook a host of community tasks and charity events from cake-baking for the Vet Support Group to beach cleaning. Some of the youngsters are still to take part in the Cancer Research 5km walk. They’ve also agreed to carry out set tasks around the home.

They had to show their participation, marked on a special passport, to claim their Olympic tickets.

Helen Glenn says they have done well and she’s been impressed by their dedication.

And she thinks this approach, where youngsters have to earn their place, is a great way to get the youngsters involved in the fund raising process, rather than just writing a cheque.

Helen says there’s a full programme of summer events for the club’s members.

On 25th July, coaches will award medals to the most deserving players in an event at the Scillonian Club at 4.30pm. Helen wants pictures of club events and activities for the presentation. And on September 1st and 2nd, the last weekend of the school holidays, six coaches from Plymouth Argyle will be here to develop the youngsters’ skills.

It’ll be the first time that the new school football field will be used.

The school football club has just had it’s charter standard renewed, which shows it’s recognised for its commitment to training, development and high quality. Helen says that quality mark makes accessing grants easier.