Winger visits young duo as part of the club's work with local based organisation Bolton at Home
Liam Feeney spent time on Tuesday evening making a special presentation to two teenagers who have turned their lives around with help from Bolton at Home.
In recognition of their hard work, Wanderers fans Tom Coen, 16, and 14-year-old Harry Ollerton were chosen by Bolton at Home to be presented with tickets to Wanderers’ upcoming clash against Blackpool by Feeney himself.
Bolton at Home wanted to reward the youngsters who, after struggling with mainstream education, have performed exceptionally well at Bolton’s Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and are focused on their futures.
Speaking following the visit, Tom said: “I’m really focused on doing well in my maths and English GCSEs, which would set me up,” while Harry added: “Coming to the PRU has made me improve both as a pupil and a person.”
The boys had the opportunity to speak with Feeney and Bolton Wanderers' Community Ambassador Tony Kelly, who were also given a tour of the PRU facility at Smithills by Behaviour and Acting Behaviour Manager, Byron Billington.
Feeney himself also praised the scheme in place, admitting his delight at being able to lend a helping hand with the project.
“It’s fantastic to meet people who dedicate themselves to helping youngsters and hear how the young people respond to that help,” he said. “My eyes have been opened to the great work that goes on in our local communities.”
Wanderers have donated 1,000 tickets for the match on Saturday 4 April to Bolton at Home customers who are active in their communities.
The Whites and the Community Trust have also made the game their annual community fixture, recognising their partnership with Bolton at Home, while the players will wear a special Bolton at Home shirt.
The community match is the latest initiative from the partnership, which has encouraged hundreds of young people to get involved in sport, education and volunteering opportunities.
For more information on Bolton at Home and the initiatives they run, please visit www.boltonathome.org.uk.
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