YEAR 13 student, Ben Marshall, is our Captain of Football.

We had a quick catch-up with Ben to find out how he has been keeping fit during lockdown and what he is looking forward to most about returning to school…

Are you proud to be Captain of Football, Ben?

“I’m really proud to be Captain of Football! After playing football for the school since Year 5, it means a lot to me to now be in the position I am in. During my time at school, I’ve always looked up to the football captains because it’s something I’ve aspired to achieve so I’m incredibly grateful.”

In what ways have you been able to fulfil this role during lockdown – despite not being in school, have you been doing anything online?

“I’ve had the opportunity to be in contact with Nick Pope, Burnley and England Goalkeeper and Old Elean, so I’m working on a report/article that should help lots of the footballers at school. I’m also trying to organise a school football competition for when we come back. Whether or not it comes off remains to be seen, but after so long without any football, I’m sure everyone would be keen to have some competitive football to play.”

What do you enjoy most about football at King’s Ely?

“I love how much there is going on, not just for football but for all sports at school. For someone like me who really enjoys sport, having matches and training sessions every week at school is brilliant. I just can’t wait to get back to school and play matches because I’ve really missed school sport.”

How have you been keeping active and fit during lockdown?

“I’ve been able to keep quite active, going for runs and walks especially, and I know a lot of teachers can back me on that because I’ve bumped into so many! In terms of football, I’ve tried to get out and practice as often as I can, doing some of the drills that Mr Daniel has set which have been great. It’s obviously not the same as having matches to play but I feel I’ve done my best to get outside and keep active despite the lockdown.”

What are you most looking forward to about returning to school when it comes to football and sport?

“It’s been so long since we have been able to play football matches at school so I’m most looking forward to hopefully getting some games later in the year. I’m really hoping Summer Term will be an opportunity to make up for lost time and, especially for those of us leaving school this year, it would be a great end to a tough year to have lots of sport to be involved in.”

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