For the fourth successive season, Kirklees College students got an insight into the inner workings of a Huddersfield Town match day at the ‘Takeover’ game against Swansea City on 10 March 2018.

This year’s Takeover game gave the students of Kirklees College a valuable understanding of what goes on at the John Smith’s Stadium ahead of and during a Premier League match day.

Students got to look at a number of different aspects of the Club and match day operations to help them plan for their future careers.

Not only did the Kirklees College Takeover game benefit the students, it also offered Town supporters’ match day experience something a little bit different!

This was particularly evident in the Fantastic Media Family Stand as children and their parents got the chances to hold and find out more about snakes, ferrets, dagos and cockroaches with the Kirklees College Animal Care team!

Young supporters were fascinated by the animals and the activities going on prior to the match. There was also face painting in the Fantastic Media Stand.

Students were also on hand in the Stadium Superstore helping ahead of a very busy match day, whilst pupils from the Public Service course helped steward different areas of the Stadium and the hospitality areas. All those students also attended the safety briefing.

Sport students were outside the front of the Revell Ward Stand with a Rickshaw, which was also available for photo opportunities. The sports students also ran a keepie uppie competition, offering supporters an opportunity to win a signed Premier League football.

In the hospitality areas of the Club, such as Town’s prestigious White Rose Club, Kirklees College Engineering Student Irum St Hilaire was interviewed alongside Sean Jarvis, whilst 3d printed and metal centre pieces made by the engineering departments were also used.

Enterprise Student Haroon Mahmood, who was selling #backing Huddersfield badges, was interviewed in the Ray Wilson Suite, which is sponsored by Ever Group.

Kirklees College had also put chocolate gifts in the hospitality areas and there was even a special snapchat filter for supporters to use during the afternoon.

Eight students from the College also shadowed the Stadium Caterers, Kudos, some of which ended up getting part-time work at the end of it.

Last but not least, four performing arts students showed off a special dance routine for supporters on the Britannia Rescue side of the John Smith’s Stadium at half-time.

Huddersfield Town’s Senior Commercial Manager Tracy Nelson commented:

“I believe the fourth annual Kirklees College ‘Takeover’ game was another 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 Lydia Butterworth, Helen Rose and Vicky Dacre from Kirklees College, who worked with the Club to put the ‘Takeover’ game together.”

Lydia Butterworth, Head of Sales and Marketing at Kirklees College said:

“The Takeover game is such an exciting and dynamic collaboration, a local college winning multiple-national awards and a local football team earning promotion to the Premier League – creating the ultimate dream team!

“It provides our learners with an excellent opportunity to showcase a tiny slice of some of the education and training we offer.

“We are so grateful to everybody at the Club – particularly Tracy Nelson, for making this possible.”