Mansfield Town defender Ryan Sweeney has praised the impact of Premier League Primary Stars on youngsters’ well-being, after attending Parkgate Academy in Ollerton last week.
The 23-Year-Old visited Year Five pupils at the Primary School, to help motivate and inspire pupils to participate in Sport, following months of limited physical activity enforced by lockdown.
Speaking after the session which also saw Ryan participate in a question & answer session about being a footballer – he said “It’s brilliant to see so many kids running around and enjoying PE. With what’s happened with lockdown it’s probably been very hard for families to adapt to that so to get them out here and engaged with activities is really good form them.
“You can see what it means to the kids to be able to come out and play the different games which the coaches put on, you can see how much they enjoy it which is a huge boost for them mentally as well as physically”
Jordan Ferrer, PL Primary Stars Coordinator added “During the first term of the new academic year especially, we’re putting a big emphasis on getting active and getting everyone involved – having Ryan attended today really helped that, especially in the question and answer session with lots of them eager to ask questions, whereas before they’d be quite shy!
“We’re certainly aware of the lasting impact lockdown has had on youngsters, especially those without siblings or similar aged cousins – It’s pleasing to see the work our coaching team are doing is paying off and giving children the confidence to express themselves”