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AON Present a CV Writing Workshop for GMFC players

On Wednesday 27th May, we were privileged to have Richard Marles from AON, sponsors of Manchester United, to deliver a workshop on CV writing to our Under 14 and Under 15 age groups.

The workshop gave our young people a realistic idea about what they need to do to achieve their goals.

Richard took the group through the typical application processes such as how to write a cover letter, the formatting and writing of their CV as well as the type of wording that needs to be used to catch the right sort of attention from recruiters.

The workshop developed into how to approach interviews. Looking at different techniques such as body language, dress code and general strategies to be best prepared for the interview.

Richard then took time to gain an understanding of the wide variety of different professions our young people were interested in going into as a career, giving realistic and practical advice on the pathways they need to take to follow these career paths.

We would like to thank Richard and everyone at AON for an absolutely fantastic and engaging workshop which will no doubt benefit the boys in both their long and short term futures.

 

U14s London United Vitality Cup at Emirates

Monday 25th May 2015: On a fantastic afternoon for football, the young stars from The Guy Mascolo Football Charity, led by their newly qualified and aspiring coaches Harley Forder-Hogg and Dillon Baker, made their way from South London across the river to the world famous Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC for the Evening Standard, London United Vitality Cup.

 

The boys and their coaches had a tense train journey to the ground and you could sense the excitement and anticipation of being able to play in one of the biggest and best stadiums in the world.

Upon arrival at Arsenal tube station the group walked across the Ken Friar Bridge adorned with past and present legends that have graced either the Highbury or Emirates pitches in an Arsenal shirt. You could see the groups faces light up as they came off the bridge on to the huge east stand of the stadium. The walk round to the entrance gave the boys and girls a great opportunity to take in their surroundings and grasp the sheer magnitude of what they were all about to experience.

“As an Arsenal fan, it was great to walk up across the bridge seeing the history about all of the legends that have played for Arsenal” said Kamario of walking into the Stadium complex.

At 5 o’clock, Harley and Dillon led the team in to the stadium through the media entrance to get changed and mentally focused on the task ahead competing with 7 other similar projects like ourselves from across London.

Whilst the team went in to get ready, the very excited parents and supporters from all the teams involved eagerly made their way up to the director’s boxes through the very plush Diamond Club entrance.

As time got closer to kick off, the excitement and anticipation grew amongst all the supporters.

The players, with their coaches, walked out onto the pitch to the roar of the crowd to spur them on. Dillon said of the experience “To walk out on to such a big stadium with all the people supporting was fantastic and gave me butterflies in my stomach.”

Harley said “It was an experience not to be missed, walking out on to a pitch where so many legends have played could not be beaten.”

The tournament was split into two group stages with the top two teams going through to the semi-finals and the bottom two going into the plate semi-finals.

In the first game we gave a great account ourselves with a convincing 4-0 win. The second game was a tense affair with GMFC taking the lead. However, the lead was short lived with the opposition drawing level soon after. The game carried on in this vain until, unfortunately, the opposition scored a last minute goal to win the match.

The third group game was another tense game against one of the stronger teams in our group. GMFC took an early lead with a great finish from Ricardo. The boys managed to close out the game with a superb defensive display well-organised by their newly qualified coaches. This result took the team into the semi-finals proper of the tournament.

Again, the semi-finals were a close contest with both teams scoring early on. The games stayed level until the later stages when the opposition took the lead. GMFC levelled and the game entered into a tense finale. Unfortunately for the boys, they were not able to get the goal required to equalise.

It was, however, a great day for both the boys playing and the coaches involved, doing themselves and the Charity proud, producing some fantastic football and moments that will live long in their memories.

Vitality CupOverall, it was a fantastic day out for everyone involved and a great reward for the coaches for achieving their first coaching qualification and for the boys after a long and hard season.

Ricardo, our top goal scorer in the tournament, said of the experience “To get the opportunity to play on a real Premier League pitch and score goals was incredible and an experience that cannot be beaten.”

Our tricky right winger Dan said “It was unbelievable coming out of the same tunnel that the best players in the world walk out of.”

“It was amazing, scary at first though, but then the adrenaline took over” Harley Forder-Hogg.

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  “The team behind The Guy Mascolo Football Charity’s Goal Getter Girls are so passionate about their projects and the girls they support, they really want to increase their reach and offer girls in deprived areas of Wandsworth so much more than just football coaching. Their work tackles many challenges faced by girls all over the UK.
We want to engage girls and young ladies in positive activities that will reflect in their physical and mental health, and assist them on their path in life, should they need support.”

 

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