William Hulme’s Grammar School’s (WHGS) Salma Ali and Zionne-Renee Masih-Johnson attended the home of English football – St George’s Park – to help launch the England Lionesses new kit.
The event, which took place on 10th May, was hosted by Nike and Sports Direct and formed part of the build-up to this year’s Women’s World Cup, which takes place in June and July in France.
Both Year 8 students at WHGS, Salma and Zionne-Renee were picked to take part following their participation in educational charity Football Beyond Border’s (FBB) schools programme, in which they demonstrated ‘excellent engagement’ and a ‘passion for football.’
During their time at St George’s Park, the dynamic duo were put through their paces with a gym workout and kickabout in the amazing indoor facilities, as well as meeting some of the players.
Commenting on the experience, Salma said:
“I really enjoy the work we do with Football Beyond Borders and to get the opportunity to go to St George’s Park and help launch the England women’s team’s new kit was amazing.”
United Learning, which sponsors WHGS, has been working with FBB for three years, helping to improve young people’s engagement in and attitudes towards their learning through the medium of football.
Commented WHGS Principal Peter Mulholland:
“As a school committed to deliver an Education with Character – an education which introduces our students to new experiences and helps to broaden their horizons – we are delighted to work alongside Football Beyond Borders and its schools’ programme, which has proved extremely popular with all those who have taken part.
“We are also incredibly proud of both Salma and Zionne-Renee, who have shown real commitment to the programme and who were worthy recipients of the trip to St George’s Park.”