As part of the reward for achieving the FA Charter Standard ‘Development’ Club Award in May 2015, Oldbury Park Tigers were given two tickets for the 2015 Community Shield at Wembley between Arsenal and Chelsea.
It was decided unanimously to present the Wembley tickets to Max Bloomer (Under 14’s Bengals) for all his efforts, enthusiasm, dedication and extreme hard work at the Oldbury Park Tigers Development Centre.
This past season, Max began the WFA Young Leader programme and so volunteered to support the coaches at our popular Development Centre. Max is a credit to his parents, the club and himself and he has a great attitude and empathy for the children.
Here are Max’s thoughts on the day!
Hi, my name is Max.
I started going to the Oldbury Park Development Centre when I was 7 years old before joining the Under 10 Tigers Team, playing for Matt Cleaver. After winning the Cup at under 12’s we moved up to 11 a side on full size pitches last season and in September I will start my 5th season with Oldbury Park Tigers FC, playing at under 14 level.
As well as playing football I am part of the Young Sport Leaders program at my school and the FA Football Futures Programme which involves helping with coaching younger children at the Development Centre where I started all those years ago!
I was shocked and delighted when the club offered me two tickets for the Community Shield as I have never been to such a big event before and couldn’t wait to see two of the best teams in the country, Arsenal & Chelsea. Wembley was fantastic, the biggest stadium I’d been to before was 6-Ways (Worcester Rugby Club) so quite a difference! Arsenal won the game 1-0 but there were lots of chances at both ends and it was a really exciting game.
I’d like to thank the club for this opportunity and look forward to continuing both playing and coaching in the future.