Tony Kelly and David Wheater go back to school

Club's Community Ambassador and first team defender pay visit to local primary school

Bolton Wanderers Community Ambassador Tony Kelly and defender David Wheater recently took time out to visit Mytham Primary School to speak with the pupils and offer up advice to the youngsters.

Tony and David firstly took part in a question and answer session with a group of Year Six students who are currently participating in a sports based writing group aimed to help develop their literacy skills, with the pair asked about everything from their childhood heroes to the best players they have faced on the pitch.

Following the conclusion of the session, the duo then took their places in front of an assembly consisting of pupils from Year Three upwards, with youngsters in the hall given the opportunity to put their own questions to the club’s Community Ambassador and Wheater.

Speaking following the event, Tony Kelly praised the effort of the youngsters involved and paid tribute to the school’s staff.

“It was a great experience to be involved in – the programme is a fantastic opportunity for these kids,” he said. “Sometimes it is hard for teachers to engage the children in their work, but this scheme really seems to have worked.

“One thing that David and I were really keen to stress was the importance of education and healthy living, and I hope we left a lasting impression on the kids there.”

He continued: “It’s a brilliant idea, to incorporate sport into their writing – there were quite a few young supporters in the group, so to be able to give them an added incentive to work hard is very humbling for us.

“The questions put to us by the youngsters were very impressive for their age, but our main aim was ultimately to make sure that they focus on their studies and hopefully we did that.”
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