Whatever happens in the match against Scotland tonight (Friday), the England team can count on the unwavering support of Gaywood’s Howard Junior School.
Staff and pupils went all out to celebrate the start of the UEFA Euro 2020s last week and were thrilled by England’s opening match win over Croatia on Sunday.
Youngsters dressed in their football kits, wore mask of their favourite players and had their faces painted to get into the spirit of the tournament.
Lookalike assistant headteacher Ashley Kirwan dressed as manager Gareth Southgate for the day and year three teacher Rob Parsons had his head painted with the England flag.
The school has also been busy making online videos of songs and motivational messages to spur on the team.
A video of youngsters singing Three Lions was last week liked on Twitter by England footballer and school meal campaigner Marcus Rashford, who has 4.5m followers.
Headteacher Greg Hill said the school was keen on promoting girls’ football and a lot of girls had been involved.
“Football has positive messages about health and wellbeing, about getting out there and getting fit,” he added.
Mr Hill grew up in Chingford, Essex, attended the same primary school as England captain Harry Kane and even used to have kickabouts with David Beckham, who was the friend of a friend, at his local park when he was around nine.
“He was football mad and very good, even then,” Mr Hill said. “But no one would have thought he’d be an international icon.”
Source: Your Local Paper (Print)