Ten Wanderers players sprang a surprise at five local primary schools on Monday afternoon, supporting a project run by the Sports & Education Trust.Alex Lynch, Aaron Pierre, Sam Wood, Michael Harriman, Danny Rowe, Ryan Sellers, Luke O’Nien, Max Kretzschmar, Sido Jombati and Gozie Ugwu all gave up their time to attend schools where the Sports & Education Trust have been delivering sports lessons in the current term, as part of the Football League School Sports Programme which aims to increase physical activity levels amongst pupils in primary schools.
The players, who helped deliver PE sessions alongside WWSET coaches, conducted assemblies and Q&A sessions, and visited classrooms to talk to children and sign autographs, showing great enjoyment and enthusiasm throughout the visits. In addition the players also tried to emphasise the importance of key life skills such as confidence, resilience, hard work and dedication at every opportunity by highlighting how these types of attributes have helped them to become successful professional players.
Dave Palmer from the Professional Footballers Association - who help fund football club community trusts such as WWSET - also attended one of the visits and commented:
“The power of player appearances in schools shouldn’t be underestimated. Getting to meet professional footballers can provide huge positive impact by inspiring children to work hard and achieve their goals in all walks of life. The players who attended yesterday’s school visits are a real asset to Wycombe Wanderers and the club should be commended for facilitating their work in the community.”
Further to the above, Head of WWSET Paul Foley had this to say about the player appearances:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the players who attended the school visits yesterday, as well as the management staff who encourage the players to get involved with WWSET and our activities. Yesterday’s visits will have made an awful lot of children very happy and even more importantly provided them with some great tips and advice on how to succeed in life no matter what they choose to do in the future.”