Football in the Community deliver tickets, following completion of Premier League Primary Stars Program

Students from Wainwright Primary Academy and John T Rice Primary School have today been given match tickets to Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match with Port Vale.

The year one and two pupils recently completed their six week Premier League Primary Stars program, delivered by Football in the Community coaches, and have now received tickets to Saturday’s clash as a reward for successfully completing the program.

Gary Shaw, Community Manager said “The kids were fantastic in their approach to the sessions and showed a real enthusiasm for every session.

“The sessions were the first time a lot of the kids will have participated in PE lessons and it will undoubtedly be the first time that many get the opportunity to attend a football match and meet their heroes, such as CJ Hamilton who attended our session at John T Rice.”

Joanne Smith, Deputy Head of John T Rice, said “They were so excited [when they received the tickets] they won’t stop talking about going to the game!

“They’ve really enjoyed being more sporty and it’s really encouraged them to continue with PE – I know a lot of them are really excited about watching CJ Hamilton play, he was really chatty and inspired the youngsters.”

Julia Pritchett, year one teacher at Wainwright Primary Academy, said “Every week the kids get really excited when they know Football in the Community are coming, I’ve never seen them get changed so quickly!

“They’ve learned new footballing skills but more importantly they’ve learned how to communicate with each other and that has transferred into the classroom too, they now listen more to each other in class and are more confident in putting their hand up to answer questions and get involved.

“They’re ecstatic [at being given tickets], I’m not going to be able to get them off of the ceiling until the game! It’s been brilliant to be involved with Premier League Primary stars and it’s really helpful for us as teachers too – a lot of Primary teachers at this age group are female and perhaps aren’t as comfortable at delivering PE, myself included, so it’s great to have dedicated coaches to give the kids a better standard of lesson.”

In total over 90 tickets were delivered to the two schools ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two encounter with Port Vale, as David Flitcroft’s men aim to continue their unbeaten run.

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