West Ham FC launches new charity at Bobby Moore’s old school Ripple Primary, Barking
PUBLISHED: 16:37 12 December 2014 | UPDATED: 20:48 12 December 2014
It’s already produced one victorious World Cup captain – now Ripple Primary School could be gearing up to add another to its roll.
West Ham FC’s new charity, the Moore Family Foundation, could see any of the school’s pupils, present or future, follow in the footsteps of legendary 1966 England captain Bobby Moore – at least, that’s the hope of West Ham winger Matt Jarvis.
Matt told the Post: “It’s strange to think this is exactly where Bobby Moore stood. It’s incredible to think that perhaps there’s someone in there that in 20 years’ time could be lifting the World Cup for England.”
The Barking school played host on Wednesday to the official launch of the programme before 90 Year 6 pupils and the foundation’s big investors.
The number six shirt’s daughter Roberta Moore revealed Matt as the official ambassador, while sharing her hopes for the programme that will target 18,000 Year 6 students in six boroughs.
Matt, 28, said: “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to get kids at such a young age and show them what Bobby Moore had.
“They said he was hard working and a gentleman and we should get that in at a young age.”
After his speech the students had the chance to ask some questions of their own.
Roberta said afterwards: “They’re so enlivened by it and they all seemed to be really enjoying it.
Bobby Moore, OBE
• Bobby Moore, born in 1941 in Barking, joined West Ham United FC in 1956
• On September 8, 1958, he made his debut for the Hammers against Manchester United
• He earnt a call up to the England under-23 squad two years later and, in 1963, captained his country for the first time
• Most famously, Bobby led England to its only ever World Cup victory in 1966
• He made 108 appearances for England but, tragically, died of bowel cancer at 51 in 1993
“There were a couple who weren’t West Ham fans before, but I think they are now.
“For this to happen at my dad’s old primary school is really touching for me.
“I think he’d be very humbled and extremely proud that the launch is here.”
The foundation will provide schools in Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Thurrock, Brentwood and Basildon with apprentice community sports coaches over the next three years.
Developed with the West Ham Community Sports Trust, it will take mentors to schools to help students with core subjects – and give them the chance to visit the West Ham stadium and see the first team in action.
Ripple Primary head Roger Mitchell said: “It’s a marvellous thing we get to take the children on trips to the ground to see matches.
“That’s the carrot. The other side of it is we have a mentor who comes in three days a week – one day in each of our Year 6 classes – helping those children who might not be able to grasp a certain concept, or could just do with a little bit more input. That helps them achieve what they may not be able to otherwise. The extra support is a fantastic opportunity.”