Saturday 14th November 2015 saw 14 very excited children and probably even more excited adults, travel to The Old Trafford stadium in Manchester to watch the Unicef charity match between England and the Rest of the World team.
We left Fosse at 9.40am with an expected arrival in Manchester of midday. It was a whole 6 minutes into the journey when the first person asked ' how long until we're there?' The journey was straight forward with a quick comfort break at the services along the way.
We arrived at the McDonalds in Salford just after midday. The staff in McDonalds were very accommodating and we were served quickly and efficiently. The member of staff who served us was very pleased to learn that we were from Leicester as she was from Leicester herself but was studying in Manchester. We left the restaurant at 1.30pm so as to get the stadium in plenty of time.
We drove to within half a mile of Old Trafford and then walked with the thousands of other fans making their way to the stadium. We stopped off along the way so that the children could purchase match day programmes, scarfs and other merchandise.
The rain did not dampen their spirits and their excitement increased the closer that we got to the stadium. The look on the children's faces when they got to the top of the steps into the stadium itself was of sheer amazement, my only regret of the day was that I didn't manage to record that moment. The children embraced the whole atmosphere from the moment they got on the bus right up until our arrival back at Fosse. It was an absolute pleasure to be part of such an amazing day out.
Thank you to everyone who made the whole thing possible and to City Self Drive for providing the transport and driver.
I hope that the experience and memories of the day are something that children are still talking about in many years to come