Mark Howard helps to inspire Claypool pupils with special careers talk

Goalkeeper paid a special visit to the local primary school as part of their efforts to inspire youngsters to dream big in their future careers

Goalkeeper Mark Howard visited Claypool Primary School after training on Thursday to be a special guest during their Careers Week.

The shot-stopper made the short journey to the school for their afternoon assembly where he was the star attraction for the entire school.

Once introduced to the pupils, Howard gave an insight into himself and his career to date before the youngsters were given the opportunity to ask him questions of their own.

Speaking following the assembly, Wanderers' No.33 said, "It's been so nice to see the kids in their normal environment at school and the excitement they get from us coming here is amazing to see.

"You can just tell how much it means to them for us to turn out, so it really is rewarding to give something back to the local community.

"I was around their age when I became interested in football, so hopefully I'll have been able to inspire a couple of them given that I'm proof that you can succeed with a lot of hard work.

"Ultimately though, it's so important that we get out there into the local area. All of the lads enjoy getting involved and a lot of the kids come out to watch us on a Saturday, so the very least we can do is visit them too."

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