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U's Head To St Osyth

2 April 2014

Boss and players meet primary school pupils.

We are St. Osyth C of E primary school and  on Friday 21st March we were visited by Joe Dunne, Tom Eastman and Alex Gilbey. This is what happened. 

U's boss Joe Dunne and two of the first team headed to St Osyth Primary School ahead of the Bristol City game and they've provided us with this fantastic report of their visit.

First we showed them a framed signed Colchester United shirt that hangs in our school hall. It was bought by old year six pupils to remember our deputy head teacher Deb Clitheroe who died four years ago. She was a great Colchester fan and we know that Joe was one of her favourite players.

Then they saw all the children running around our school field for Sports Relief.

Then we went into our classroom and Joe first talked about being a manager. We asked lots of questions. We know Joe likes history and Tom likes Maths and Alex likes P.E.

Joe told us all that we had to believe in ourselves, to be brave  and prove to everyone how great we can be.

Joe told us how he gets the players to play as he wants and the girls and boys football teams will be using these tips next time they play. We then had our pictures taken and they signed our Home School Diaries.

The next day 40 children and some of our teachers and parents travelled to the Weston Homes Stadium to watch the match against Bristol City.  For most of us it was the first time we had been to a football stadium. 

It was very exciting. We went to the shop and bought lots of scarves and hats so that everyone knew we were supporting Colchester United.

Then we went to our seats and the match began. 

It didn’t start too good for us but we saw what Joe meant about working for the team and we scored two goals so we drew level. After the game the men in the yellow jackets helped us to go round to the players and get our programmes signed. 

What a fantastic two days.

We would like to thank Christine Smith and Julie Ager for organising our visit and all the teachers and parents who came with us. 
We would especially like to thank Joe, Alex and Tom for coming to see us.

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