Mansfield Town stars CJ Hamilton, Ryan Sweeny, Calum Butcher, Otis Khan and Paul Anderson are no strangers to pressures of the big match, but over the last month have faced an even greater pressure – questions from intrigued youngsters!
The quintet of Stags stars have joined Football in the Community on their visits to local schools as part of the Premier League Primary Stars program, supporting teachers in the delivery of PE Lessons, as well as providing support for PHSE, English and Maths.
Lightening winger Hamilton, along with Stoke City loanee and Republic of Ireland U21 international Ryan Sweeney visited John T Rice Primary School, Attacking midfielders Otis Khan and Calum Butcher visited Heathlands School in Rainworth, whilst midfielder Paul Anderson visited the Waynewright academy.
Pupils from each school had the opportunity to quiz the players over a range of things, everything from what their favourite games console is to what life is really like as a Football League player.
The students, encouraged by the players, then participated in coaching sessions led by Football in the Community coaches. Gary Shaw – Premier League Primary Stars Coordinator said “It’s great to see the kids interact with the players, for many of them they aspire to be the next CJ Hamilton or Ryan Sweeney so it’s really important they had the opportunity to ask questions and speak to their heroes.
“Schools from across the region are responding really well to Premier League Primary stars and by having the first team players join us at our sessions, it really gives the kids the extra boost and incentive to take part.”
Further information about Premier League Primary Stars can be found here https://plprimarystars.com/ and if you want your school to participate, call our team on 01623 656 920