A dozen young carers from the Woking area recently joined Woking FC to be match day mascots for the game against Chelmsford City.
In addition to running out onto the pitch with the players for the game the carers were given a tour of Kingfield Stadium, received a replica shirt and met the players.
Prior to the game the carers were welcomed onto the pitch and the dugout by Martin Tyler, Assistant Manager, player Kane Ferdinand and club legend Geoff Chapple, Director of Football, who led the team on their famous FA Cup run in 1991 and to three FA Trophy victories.
With a further 15 families with young carers cheering on Woking in the stands the match proved to be a competitive affair with plenty of action and two goals, ending in a 1-1 draw before the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Foster joined the carers, talking to the children about their caring roles and their experience of the day.
Revd Clive Richardson, Diocese Carer Support Adviser, who organised the day said,
“This was a great opportunity to say thank you for all the work that young carers do and, most importantly, give them a break from their responsibilities. The day was a big win for young carers and the only thing that could have topped it off would have been a win for Woking!”
Trudy Waite, senior Co-ordinator at Surrey Young Carers, said,
“Thank you to the Diocese of Guildford and Woking FC for organising such an amazing day out. The young carers had a fantastic day being mascots and it was a wonderful opportunity for the young carers to be children and get some respite from their caring roles.”