Attending your first ever Wolves match is always a special moment – and that was the treat enjoyed by young Ajay from D’Eyncourt Primary School thanks to a competition run by Wolves Foundation.
Ajay is one of the many pupils at one of the Foundation’s partner primary schools in Wolverhampton who are on the Premier League Primary Stars programme, where staff provide additional support in encouraging children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
A competition run by the Foundation offered several tickets for pupils who wanted to take in a Wolves home game and eight-year-old Ajay was one of the lucky recipients to enjoy his first taste of Molineux.
“As part of our Premier League Primary Stars values, Ajay was chosen for being inspiring to his classmates, leading by example and always supporting children in his class,” explained schools educator Tom Kalinowski.
Ajay admits it took a while for the news to sink in!
“I was surprised when they read my name out to say I had won – I didn’t know what was happening and I was in shock,” he said.
“My Mum was so excited that she cried as much as I did!
“It was my Mum who took me to the game and it was insane, there were so many people.
“Just before kick off all the seats were full and it was really exciting.
“I really enjoyed it and there was a man shouting so loud that I think even the players heard him!
“The stadium was massive and I have never been in a stadium like that before and I have finally been to a real football match.
“My favourite part of the day was getting excited when Adama Traore nearly scored – he’s a legend at dribbling - and I also got a Wolves shirt with my name and number 8 on the back.”
Ajay has certainly now got the taste for it and would love to return for another game sometime – with a particular standard of opposition!
“I would love to go back and would really like to see them playing against PSG or Liverpool!”