Yes, the Big Sister programme is based on one-to-one mentoring sessions but there’s a lot more to it than that: football, for example. Crewe Alexandra generously invited the girls and their Big Sisters to be VIP guests at their home match against Wimbledon on Saturday 25th February.
Apart from the excitement of the match, this was a great opportunity for the girls to get behind the scenes and see the workings of a football club. They met the people who run it off the pitch as well as the players themselves. Opportunities like this don’t come along every day and they are really appreciated, for this type of new experience may just create a spark of interest that could lead to career possibilities previously un-dreamt of.
Events such as this, outside of school and everyday routine, are an important factor in the Big Sister ethos. Not only do they provide inspirational opportunities for the girls but they are also a great way for everyone involved to develop relationships and firm-up friendships.
And the football was exciting: the home side were 3-1 up at half time but the visitors’ brought it to a 3-3 draw, proving that their more experienced team had not lost its mojo.