Sports enthusiast wins chance to play at Wembley

Tom Dullaway at Wembley Stadium
Tom Dullaway at Wembley Stadium

A COMMUNITY worker’s sporting dream came true when he won a national competition to play football at Wembley Stadiu.

Sports enthusiast Tom Dullaway, 19, who is an Active Streetgames worker for Hastings Borough Council, played in a special fans’ fixture at Wembley Stadium earlier this month, after entering Vauxhall’s Big Pitch competition by writing about why he should be chosen to play at Wembley.

Tom, from The Fairway, St Leonards, decided to enter the competition after reading about it on Facebook.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when they told me that I’d won. Being given the opportunity to play at Wembley is a dream come true.”

Tom has done a lot of work bringing sporting opportunities to children in deprived parts of Hastings, and began as a volunteer about three years ago. He has since gained a Sports Casual position at the Council.

Councillor Trevor Webb, lead member for leisure at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This just goes to show that hard work and commitment as demonstrated by Tom really does pay off. It’s a privilege to have someone so dedicated and talented working at the Council.”

Competition winners were given their own England kit to play in, and keep after the match, which saw two teams of football fans go head to head, kept in line by World Cup referee Howard Webb.