17th November 2015
Writing: Matthew Dagnall (Year 11)
Editing: Joshua Robey (Year 11)
When the school received tickets from the Football Association for Year 11 students to see England vs France at Wembley, it was expected to be a normal match. However, with the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris on the Friday prior to the game, it became an incredible show of unity through football.
The events in Paris led to doubts about the game going ahead, due to security issues or even whether the France team wanted to play. But the decision was made for the game to go ahead, as a show of further support for France. This was fully embraced by the Challoner's students through the passionate singing of both the English and French national anthems, creating an emotional and unforgettable moment. The singing of La Marseillaise was truly moving, and a reminder to the world that we are united against terrorism.
As for the game itself, both England and France fielded teams full of young talent, leading to a highly entertaining match. England took the lead through a wonderstrike from Tottenham sensation Dele Alli and this lead was swiftly doubled by the veteran Wayne Rooney. After 90 exciting minutes, a solid victory for England was achieved, but the match was eclipsed by the fans paying tribute to the victims of terrorism.
I would like to thank the PE team for the incredible experience, and running a very enjoyable visit to the home of football.