Gillingham FC, in association with Southern Water, launch the new Waterheroes project at MEMS Priestfield Stadium

On the 26th November Featherby Junior School’s Year Three class, the Skylarks, put down their pencils, rulers and calculators down for the day and paid a vist to MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

The children and teachers who volunteered their time were taken on a tour on a VIP tour of the club’s changing rooms, different departments and to some of the best views of the Priestfield pitch that can be found around the club.

The Featherby children were joined by Bev Thompson from Southern Water and Miss Binit, the mascot, who posed for photographs.

There were a great deal of healthy snacks laid out for all to enjoy and Georgia Reece, one of the Gills Ladies players, was on hand to sign autographs for all the future footballers as well as answer questions about representing the Gills on the pitch and in the classroom as part of our Girls Academy striving to achieve a National Diploma in Sports.

The tour was as part of the ‘Tommy T Waterheroes’ launch, a new educational scheme sponsored by Southern Water  where community coaches will visit schools linked with our Football In The Community department to act as a teaching assistant in years three and four classes.

As well as helping children with their maths and literacy skills the coaches will also deliver micro lessons at break to promote a water efficiency message along with football incentives.

The selected class will receive a goal poster which, when complete, the class will get the chance to take part on a stadium tour!

The class will also take part in an assembly where they are taken on a virtual Sewerblaster tour and are educated in not being a pain in the drain! For their efforts in the assembly they will receive a Southern Water comic.