Students from Kirklees College showed off their talents and got an insight into the workings of a Premier League match day at the ‘Takeover’ game as Huddersfield Town faced AFC Bournemouth on Saturday 9 March 2019.
The ‘Takeover’ game has been taking place for the last five years and aims to give College students a valuable look into different areas of match day operations at Huddersfield Town as they plan for their future careers.
Alongside this, the game also offers Town fans something a bit different in the build-up to the game as the Kirklees College students show off their skills and what they’ve learnt at college.
In the Fantastic Media Family Stand, children and their parents were met by snakes, lizards and cockroaches thanks to Kirklees College’s Animal Care team! There were also Hair and Beauty students in the FM stand providing glitter tattoos and beards.
Students assisted the team in the Stadium Superstore, whilst pupils from the Public Service course helped to welcome fans alongside the courtesy and safety stewards. There were also pupils on hand to support the Hospitality and Catering team at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Sport students assisted Town Foundation coaches at half-time during the Guard of Honour penalty shoot-out game, whilst running a keepie-uppie competition, which attracted a number of young fans.
In the hospitality areas, such as Town’s prestigious White Rose Club, students were able to feature their art work on walls, fashion mannequins and floral centre pieces as well as putting on an interesting, interactive Virtual Welder session.
In the Ray Wilson Suite, busker Charmaine Brookes performed at both half-time and post-match, whilst Kirklees College Plasterer student, Cameron Steele, was invited on stage to be interviewed after winning the Weber Recognition Award for showing dedication and commitment to learning a new skill. Cameron has been a Season Card holder at Town since the age of four.
The Kirklees College team left a match day essential kit in each of the boxes at the John Smith’s Stadium. Thanks to the Huddersfield Examiner and Thornton + Ross for supplying some of the goods.
The activities didn’t just happen at the John Smith’s Stadium, they also took place pre-match at the Perry Fanzone. Students looked after the ‘Beat the Goalie’ and giant games and brought baby chicks to the Fanzone.
Huddersfield Town’s Senior Commercial Manager Tracy Nelson commented:
“I believe the fifth annual Kirklees College ‘Takeover’ game was a resounding success, for both the College’s students and Huddersfield Town supporters.
“The activities that the Kirklees College students provided added to the match day experience for our fans, whilst also giving them valuable insight into the inner workings of the Football Club.
“I’d like to thank all the staff from Kirklees College, who worked with the Club to put the ‘Takeover’ game together.”
Lydia Butterworth, Head of Sales and Marketing at Kirklees College, added:
“The KC Town Takeover is one of the highlights on the academic calendar.
“It’s a phenomenal showcase for our learners to be able to demonstrate their diverse skills and talents, as well as providing a really exciting work placement opportunity.
“We would like to thank all the HTAFC staff for being so kind and supportive and making it a wonderful experience for our learners.”