YEAR 9 students from Ormiston Park Academy (OPA) in Aveley have had a fantastic opportunity to visit the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of an Enterprise Project they are doing with the West Ham United Foundation.
As part of this project, students have been looking at how football clubs generate income through the sale of products and learning about the business behind it all.
The group were invited for a tour behind the scenes at the stadium which started in the hospitality areas and moved down into the dressing rooms and warm up areas.
Students were able to walk down the tunnel and out onto the edge of the pitch, plus take a seat in the dug outs.
Throughout the tour, students learned a lot of information, including how the stadium transforms for athletics competitions, the cost of the hospitality packages, and facts regarding the history of West Ham United.
The Enterprise Project at OPA is taking place as part of the academy’s status as a West Ham United Foundation Hub School. Being a West Ham United Foundation Hub School turns OPA into a set location for local children aged from 5-12 to attend programmes such as futsal and football development sessions throughout the year, as well as half-term “Soccer Schools”.
Ellen Fairest, Curriculum Leader (PE) at Ormiston Park Academy, said:
“This was such a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a fascinating insight into the world of elite sport, whilst also helping our students to develop excellent business skills and knowledge. Providing enrichment opportunities such as this is such an important part of what we do here at OPA, providing opportunities for students to learn outside – as well as inside – the classroom.”