STUDENTS visited one of the country’s best universities and sat in the seat where Jose Mourinho does his press conferences during an “inspirational” trip to the capital.
Forty-five youngsters from High Tunstall College of Science got first-hand experience of life at the prestigious King’s College London during a tour around the university.
And from there it was on to Stamford Bridge, the home of title-chasing Chelsea FC, for another tour and the chance to chat with the club’s head of education Matt Mead.
Matt talked to the youngsters about the importance of working hard for success and the school’s sport science faculty leader Ben Holden said the full trip gave the students an insight into how much they can achieve through working hard while still in education.
Mr Holden said: “The visit to King’s College was great, it showed the students where their studies can take them.
“For them to get the opportunity to look around one of the finest universities in the country was fantastic and a lot of the students were inspired.
“Stamford Bridge was brilliant as well, there aren’t many young people from Hartlepool who can say they have toured Chelsea’s full stadium.
“To sit in the seat where Jose Mourinho does his press conferences, to see where John Terry and Frank Lampard sit in the changing room and to go into the away changing room where the likes of Messi and Iniesta have been was amazing.”
The trip was organised with the help of recently launched charity Global Youth Network (GYN), which was set up to help young people get inspired about their future.
Mr Holden said the trip certainly served that purpose.
“It was a memorable experience for all of the students,” he added.
“They can still look back and talk about it in years to come.
“And the conversation on the coach on the way home was all about how motivated and inspired the students were to get back to school and work hard, it showed them just how much they can achieve through hard work.”