World Cup trophy arrives in UK - first stop, Southend

The World Cup trophy is in the UK and it's first stop was a school in Southend.

World Cup trophy Credit: ITV News/Rags Martel
World Cup trophy on display in Essex Credit: ITV News/Rags Martel

Made of solid 18-carat gold, it's the ultimate prize in world football. The trophy is touring the world before this summer's tournament in Brazil.

Ceremony to welcome the World Cup trophy Credit: ITV News/Rags Martel

Under heavy security, the official FIFA plane arrived at the Essex airport on Wednesday, the first stop of a seven day tour of the UK.

Pupils welcome trophy at Shoebury High School Credit: ITV News/Rags Martel

The secret landing was part of surprise appearance at Shoebury High School, to award a sports coach who teaches football to deprived kids in the community.

I was really shocked to see the World Cup. I couldn't believe it, I didn't know how to react. It was madness. I just loved seeing all the kids faces.

The World Cup trophy is now in London and will make an appearance at London Bridge on Thursday night

– Rachael O'Brien, sports charity, StreetGames

The World Cup trophy is now in London and will make an appearance at London Bridge on Thursday night.