Marcel Ritzmaier and Elliot Simoes gave up their time to meet participants of Reds in the Community’s February Holiday Camps this afternoon.
The Barnsley Football Club players were the latest set of Reds first-teamers to give back to the local community at the Oakwell Indoor Centre.
Marcel and Elliot took part in a fun question and answer session, where participants of the Soccer and Dance Camps learnt more about the duo’s lives as professional footballers.
After giving an insight into life growing up in Austria and Portugal respectively, both Marcel and Elliot stayed behind to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.
For Elliot, this was his second time giving back to the community, after he visited St Helen’s Primary Academy last month.
Marcel, who joined the club as a new recruit in January from Wolfsberger AC in his native Austria, enjoyed his first experience of a player visit in Barnsley colours.
The 26-year-old midfielder said: It’s always nice to visit the kids. I can remember when I was that age. It was always nice to see our idols and now it’s nice to be able to give back. It’s just a small thing and you make them so happy and I think that is the most important thing.
The Austrian has settled in well at Oakwell and he spoke about his first month with the club.
He added: “It’s a nice club that have a big crowd and stadium. I like the English way of football, it’s one of the main countries for it, so I’m very happy to be here and I hope we can reach our goal to stay in the league.
Marcel also gave an update on his injury and hopes to return to the squad as soon as possible.
“I trained today for the first time with the team again, so hopefully I’m back as soon as possible. I will do everything I can to get back.