Two Belper schoolgirls will have the eyes of the world upon them after being chosen to lead England’s team on to the pitch for this Saturday’s clash with Italy.
Georgie Hind,15, and her friend Lien Lee-Ray, 16, were chosen for the once-in-a-lifetime experience after being recognised by Coca-Cola Great Britain for making an outstanding contribution to junior football in their community.
The pair will line-up in the tunnel with Roy Hodgson’s men before leading them out on to the pitch and then taking their seats to watch the World Cup opening clash for England from the stands of the Arena Amazonia stadium in the Brazilian city of Manaus.
Teens from across the country, who had made significant contributions to local charity projects, were nominated for the honour.
Georgie said before flying out to South America: “This will be my first big trip overseas and it’s going to be an amazing experience. I love football, I always have. To now have the chance to go to the FIFA World Cup™ and walk on the field with the players is almost too good to be true! I can’t wait to share my experience with the girls I coach back here and hopefully inspire them as well.”
Georgie, a pupil at Belper School, is a junior coach at SportingFutures, a Derbyshire sports charity project supported by StreetGames, and was selected as the winner for her on-going effort and commitment to encourage young girls in the community to get into football.
Georgie’s nomination cited how her work with SportingFutures has seen growth in the number of weekly football sessions hosted by the project and allowed her to complete a number of coaching and life skill courses to assist in training her peers.
She will be joined on the trip by her best friend and fellow StreetGames participant Lien, who also goes to Belper School, for the match, which kicks off at 11pm.
Belper School headteacher Martyn Cooper, said: “This is a fantastic experience for our students and we hope they may have the journey of a lifetime.”
The teens will enjoy a four-day trip to Brazil taking in an organised programme of sight-seeing and cultural activities.
Liz Lowe, from Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “Georgie’s enthusiasm and dedication to football really shone through and we’re delighted to be able to offer this experience in recognition of the work she has done”.
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