6 Pupils from the Year 7 class at Bramfield House School travelled to Portman Road for the Ipswich Town Football Club stadium tour.
The tour began with a look at the Honours Board in the staff entrance corridor, where all the players who have been selected for international teams whilst being at Ipswich Town are recorded. It was interesting to see the expansion of nationalities represented in the recent past, like Mauritius and Bulgaria.
The tour then continued to the changing rooms. The opposition changing room is deliberately sparse with the minimum changing requirements, whereas the home dressing room has carpet, storage space, TVs and drinks machines. It’s all part of the plan to unnerve the opposition.
The boys got to run out of the player’s tunnel, which they greatly enjoyed and sit in the dugout. The current manager has had the roof of the dugout removed to stop the substitutes becoming too comfortable!
The students then visited the Directors box where all the VIPs sit and the player hospitality suite. Unfortunately their request for the wine to be uncorked was politely declined!
In the hospitality sections are all sorts of football memorabilia such as signed international shirts, trophies, programmes, newspaper cuttings and old football equipment.
The last stage of the visit was to see where the interviews are held after the game. The students had a chance to sit in the hot seat and imagine being grilled about another defeat!
An enjoyable visit was had by all which was reflected in the excellent behaviour of the students.