THE countdown is well and truly on with the big kick off just a week away – and World Cup fever is already in full swing at West View Primary School.
The excited youngsters at the town school were lucky to be the first to get their hands on a World Cup wallchart – free to all readers with today’s Hartlepool Mail.
The wallchart will take pride of place in the classrooms at West View giving the kids the chance to fill in all of the results as the tournament progresses, work out the final group standings and plot the possible routes to the final for all of the 32 teams taking part in the global showcase of the beautiful game.
And every Mail reader will have the opportunity to do exactly the same when they receive their free wallchart today.
For the youngsters at West View Primary who have been taking part in whole-school projects ahead of the World Cup, the tournament’s kick off can’t come soon enough.
Year 5 teacher Paul Doyle has coordinated the various fun football activities and admitted he’s just as excited as the kids for the matches to get underway.
“There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the school, everyone is really looking forward to it now,” said Mr Doyle.
“All of the children have been taking part in our World Cup project. They have been learning about all of the different countries that are involved and each class are working on their own displays which will go up on doors and walls around the school. It’s going to look absolutely brilliant when it’s all finished. We had an assembly earlier this week when we were talking about the World Cup and even the younger children knew about it and the fact it’s starting next week.”
The football-mad youngsters are now hoping England put on a show and can’t wait to cheer on the Three Lions in their tournament opener against Italy a week on Saturday.
Joshua Griffin, nine, said: “I think England might get to the semi-finals which would be really good. I just can’t wait for it to start now. I can’t really remember too much about the last World Cup because I was only five but this one should be brilliant.”
Fellow Year 4 pupil Lewis Dawes is even more optimistic. The nine-year-old beamed: “I think England have a chance of winning the World Cup!”
l Don’t forget to let the Mail know about your plans for the World Cup.
We will be publishing a selection of the best pictures in the paper and our website throughout the tournament.
Whether you’re planning to decorate your house and car in England flags or hosting a World Cup party in a pub or your home, let us know.
And make sure you have your Hartlepool Mail Come on England poster, given out free to all readers yesterday, on display. Or are you an Italian, Uruguayan, Costa Rican or Brazilian who will be flying your own flags proudly throughout the tournament?
Let us know your plans by emailing email@example.com, tweeting us at @HPoolMail or posting a message on the Hartlepool Mail facebook page.
l Turn to Page 20 for your free World Cup wallchart.