World Cup winning legend Sir Geoff Hurst will be attending the finals of the Barking and Dagenham School’s World Cup.
Sir Geoff, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final, is joining residents of the borough to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club on 23rd July.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “Barking and Dagenham played a massive part in England winning the 1966 World Cup and it is important that we continue to celebrate this.
“Every child who has participated in the tournament will have dreamt about winning the World Cup for England and it is great to have someone like Sir Geoff, who has done so, joining us at the event.”
The qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on the 4th July with Five Elms Primary School (Nigeria), George Carey Primary School (Lithuania), Southwood Primary School (Spain) and Valence Primary School (Switzerland) making it through to the finals.
The first game will kick off at 2pm with the final expected to be at 3.15pm.
Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s Director of Football, said: “Winning the World Cup was such an incredible moment in my life and I am delighted to join the families of Barking and Dagenham to celebrate that achievement 50 years on.
“I am sure that all of the players will be just as eager to win as I was back in ’66, but particularly at this age the most important thing is that everyone has a fun day and enjoys the nation’s favourite sport.
“This borough has produced many talented players in the past, including my old friend Bobby Moore, so I am excited to see the next generation play this weekend.”
Alongside the finals there will also be a free family fun day in the stadium car park in partnership with West Ham Community United Trust, Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club, McDonald’s and the Barking and Dagenham Post.
Children will be able to enjoy skills sessions from West Ham and Dagenham and Redbridge on an inflatable 5 aside pitch, an activity dome, face painting, balloon modelling plus lots more.
The winning school of the World Cup will receive a trophy and a signed football legends photo by Mark Noble presented by Sir Geoff Hurst.
Due to this event there will be no parking available in the Stadium car park until 5pm.