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A touch of the Orient - not Leyton

22 December 2012

Japanese visitors at Boundary Park

Latics welcomed special visitors as 16 students from the

The students played fun games with the children, showed them the art of origami and spoke to the children about the Japanese culture. In addition the students also performed the guard of honour as the players took to the Boundary Park pitch.

While at Boundary Park, the students spent time with the children who attend the OAFC Matchday Club.

The students visited Boundary Park as part of a week-long visit to the United Kingdom which was organised by Latics' fan Rhys Wedlock.

International Travel and Hotel School in Chiba, Japan, attended Boundary Park for the home game against Swindon Town.

"They had exciting activities planned for the students designed to improve their knowledge on the Japanese culture.”

Martin Vose, Oldham Athletic Community Trust Participation Officer, said: “I was pleased to welcome the students to Boundary Park. We`re delighted they took time to come and visit the club and spend time with the children who attend the popular OAFC Matchday Club.

"Unfortunately the match result wasn't what we'd hoped for, but we had a great day none the less. A big thank you from us all to everyone involved in helping to make our trip to Latics a memorable one”.

"The students enjoyed doing the Japanese activities with the kids, which included a chopsticks race, origami and push sumo wrestling. It was really nice to work together with them.

Rhys added: “We had a great day visiting the club with the students taking part in activities in the Matchday Club and then taking in the game.

The Matchday Club which the students visited is a club for children aged between six and 12 years and run in partnership between Oldham Athletic Community Trust and LaticZone Study Support Centre.
For more information about the Matchday Club or to book a place, contact Martin Vose on 07919 445577 or email

The club only costs £5 per per child each matchday. The Match day club will involve both football coaching and different themed activities held in the Laticzone Study Centre.



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