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George Moncur and Lloyd Isgrove took part in the first school player visit of the season this afternoon.
The Barnsley Football Club midfielders visited pupils at Holy Rood Catholic Primary School.
George and Lloyd completed a question and answer session with four classes from the school before signing autographs.
The local community has come together once again following the events on Saturday at Oakwell, which saw long-standing Barnsley FC volunteer Stephen Croft airlifted to hospital.
Centre midfielder George spoke of his delight at being part of the Barnsley community and attending Holy Rood’s visit.
He said: “It’s been really good. It sort of brings you back to when you were in school and you remembered how psyched you were as a little kid. They’re really nice kids here and they asked some good questions. Hopefully we gave them a little bit of insight into what it’s like being a footballer. It’s nice to put a smile on some kids faces, to tell them and show them what it’s like to play football. I’m from Essex, I probably shouldn’t say it but I prefer living up here than down South because the people, in general, are so nice. As a town and a community, it’s brilliant. I’m happy to be a part of it and hopefully [I will be] for many more years to come.”
Holy Rood teacher Tom McInerney also spoke to Reds in the Community about how much of a difference player visits make to local school children.
He said: “It’s fantastic. It’s probably the first opportunity that many of them would have to be able to meet a footballer and be able to ask the questions that are burning to ask. We try and teach them about nutrition and healthy eating but to see a purpose for it, what can be achieved if you do eat healthily and do exercise – it’ll make a massive difference to a lot of these children. These boys are heroes for a lot of our children so getting to see them up close and personal can only be positive for them.”