Posted in Schools Programme 4 weeks ago
Three Barnsley FC players gave up their time to visit children in the local community last week.
On Wednesday, Summer signings Mads Andersen and Luke Thomas met pupils at Summer Lane Primary School.
Two days later, Reds in the Community’s Sports Participation Ambassador and versatile Reds youngster Jacob Brown took part in a question & answer assembly at All Saints Academy in Darfield.
On both occasions, it provided the pupils with the valuable chance to learn more about some of their favourite Reds players before posing for pictures and walking away with their autographs.
Central defender Mads said: “It was really fun. I always like to make kids happy. When you come in and see all of those smiling kids it gives me energy. It’s important to do this as a footballer because they see us as idols. It makes them happy and it’s a good experience for them.”
Alongside providing a memorable afternoon for the pupils, the player visit at Summer Lane has also help shape the School’s Literacy lessons.
Headteacher Mr Smith added: “It’s a great experience of them. They’ve been doing a piece of writing for the last two weeks about being a professional footballer, culminating in being able to ask them questions.
“They were really engaged and really excited. It’s great for the local community to meet people that they see on the pitch every Saturday.
“Some of the boys especially have been really looking forward to it. The quality of work that they’ve produced in the build up to meeting the guys is fantastic. It’s really nice that they give their time up to come in and see the children. It just inspires them and it’s someone to look up to. One of the little girls just said ‘best day ever’ – that sums it up really.”