J's goes to Wembley
Six patients from The J’s Hospice had a fantastic tour at Wembley Stadium with their families and carers on Saturday 29th November. Organised by the Wellbeing Team at The J’s, the trip was suggested by the patient-led focus group that is held as part of social group Inspire!
J’s patient Lee Cracknell wrote about the experience in his own words:
'Having all met outside the stadium, our tour started in “Club Wembley” the main hospitality area on a match day. We proceeded down to the underground area to see where the team coaches arrive when delivering the players. This road runs around under the stadium for 1km.
Following this, we went into the official press office—when you see it on the television, you think it’s just an ordinary room where they interview the manager and captains but surprisingly it’s a huge auditorium with staged seating just like a cinema!
'We then went down the corridor into the dressing rooms. They have 4 altogether; 2 home and 2 away. The two home dressing rooms were separated by a warm up area with exercise bikes. They have two dressing rooms for each side, to accommodate the American football players, as they usually have a squad of 53.
'From the dressing rooms, we followed the same route as the players by going into the tunnel where a bust stands of Sir Alf Ramsey, England manager who won the World cup in 1966.
We formed two lines as if we were going out to play a match; each team competed in a cheering competition to build up the atmosphere. Then we all entered the stadium at pitch side and were greeted by two dumper trucks and a tractor as they shaved the surface of the turf off the pitch! We were privileged to see this, as it’s now close season, this is when they do all the repairs ready for next year.
'They then brought down the FA Cup from the presentation area, so we could all have our photos taken with it which was a proud moment for us all. Wembley Stadium holds three world records the most interesting being was that it has 2618 toilets — amazing!
'A fantastic day was had by all. Thank you.'
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