Exotic flags created by Merton primary school pupils will be gracing the Tempest end of AFC Wimbledon’s ground on Saturday 10 July to help spur the team on as they play Charlton Athletic.
The colourful designs were created by the pupils following the call from mascot and hero of AFC Wimbledon, Haydon the Womble, for Merton’s youngsters to get involved in the club’s Fly the Flag for Haydon project. After waving the team on to victory against Charlton, the flags will then be on display for all to see at Wimbledon Library Art Gallery from 12 to 17 July.
Building on its reputation for lively and unusual flags, AFC Wimbledon, in partnership with Merton Council, asked the borough’s budding Beckhams and Picassos to get creative and design their very own 1.8m x 2.6m flag to fly at the club’s stadium. Armed with starter kits of paints and brushes, children from across the borough have created flag designs inspired by AFC Wimbledon and Haydon, promoting issues close to Haydon’s heart such as opportunity for all, being green and keeping the place tidy. Haydon is already working with the council as the face of Merton’s Bin It – Don’t Sling It campaign http://www.merton.gov.uk/binit.
Abbotsbury School pupil Az Khan said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed helping design and paint our flag. I can’t wait to see it flying at the football ground and I’ll be telling all my friends that they can all go and see the flags at art gallery in Wimbledon Library.’
Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability Councillor Andrew Judge said: ‘Working with AFC Wimbledon, which is so dear to many people in Merton, is a great way to encourage youngsters in the borough to get creative, find out all about their local team and see their finished work flying in all its glory above the stadium. This initiative has brought art and sport together making it a project that all children can be involved with. It is also a great example of how working in partnership with local clubs and organisations can really benefit the local community.’