Youngsters get behind the scenes at Pompey

APPRENTICES Left to right,  Conway Cowdrey,  Sophie Kaylor, Jacque Cole, Natalie Doye, and Dylan Barrett.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (121189-918)
APPRENTICES Left to right, Conway Cowdrey, Sophie Kaylor, Jacque Cole, Natalie Doye, and Dylan Barrett. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121189-918)
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FOOTBALL-mad youngsters enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at Portsmouth Football Club.

The school pupils all won the chance for a week’s work experience at Fratton Park after winning a competition.

The five lucky students observed the ins and outs of how a football club operates and were given hands-on opportunities throughout the week.

Jacque Cole, Natalie Doye, Sophie Kaylor, Conway Cowdrey and Dylan Barrett all won the chance after entering the competition through their schools.

They were given an insight into roles such as club ambassador, community manager, events manager, marketing executive and head of sports coaching.

Horndean Technology College student Jacque, 15, said he was chuffed to win the opportunity.

He said: ‘It was a good chance to learn about the working environment and get experience for the future, and a find out the business and management part of a football club.

‘I’m a Pompey fan so it was a bit of a dream.’

Fellow pupil Natalie, 14, said: ‘Hopefully it will raise my confidence.

‘I want to get into marketing and photography and I got the chance to do filming, so I hope to get a lot out of this for the future.’

Sophie, 15, of Rye St Anthony School in Oxford, added: ‘I hope to work within the media.

‘It was a good opportunity for me as I want to get into journalism and PR.’

The chance to take part in football coaching was a bonus for pupil Conway, who said: ‘I’d love to work in football and I hope to gain coaching experience from this.’

Dylan, 14, of St Edmund’s Catholic School, said he was ‘over the moon’ to win the competition.

He said: ‘I’ve always wanted to get into football.

‘It’s my home town and a big opportunity for me.’

The week was led by project co-ordinator James Cannon, of the Pompey Study Centre.

He said: ‘Most people recognised with any club are the players but to see what goes on behind the scenes is interesting and a great opportunity for them.’

Pompey ambassador Linvoy Primus added: ‘Most people think it’s only the footballers and the manager to a football club but there’s far more to that.

‘For young people, they can recognise there’s a lot of different roles to be played and that everyone contributes towards the club.’

The youngsters won the npower’s What’s Your Goal competition.