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Jason Lowe visits Walkden High School to speak to aspiring young footballers

17 October 2018

Wanderers midfielder Jason Lowe paid a special visit to Walkden High School on Tuesday afternoon to speak to budding young players from the local area.

The 27-year-old, who has been a key figure for the Whites since his switch to the University of Bolton Stadium in the summer, took part in a Q&A session with 13 teenagers who are currently on the books of clubs, with a handful even part of Wanderers' Academy set-up.

Being quizzed on exactly what it takes to make it as a professional footballer, Lowe stressed about the importance of dedication to the youngsters.

Shortly after, he was led to the school's playing fields where Year 10 pupils act as mentors for younger pupils, with the midfielder offering advice and pointers to those in attendance.

Speaking following the visit, Lowe said: "I've really enjoyed coming down here to Walkden High - being a local lad, I know how important it is to get out into the local community and I love to do my share.

"We're in a very lucky position to have the careers that we do and if I can help the lads who are looking to follow in my footsteps in any way, then I'm happy to do so.

"It was a pleasure to visit the school though and it was a really enjoyable afternoon."

Nick Hilton, Pastoral Manager and Heads of Year Lead at Walkden High, added: "It was invaluable to for us to have Jason visit the school.

"Our young people, particularly those who play at professional academies, or for Salford schools, have been given an extra focus and a sense of aspiration going forward. 

"Jason's answers to their questions were thoughtful and he was extremely clear on what attributes that they need to develop, both on and off the pitch, in order for them to have a chance of future success. 

"We hope that we can now develop a strong link with the football club in the future. As a school, we are very good at inviting people from business and industry, and so it's important that we provide our aspiring sports stars with a relatable contact too.

"Jason also came out to watch our team of Year 10 sports mentors deliver a weekly football session to younger students who may not have developed enough confidence to play for our mainstream sides. 

"The care that the older boys show to the youngsters is commendable, and I feel that Jason's input and time will give them a renewed energy to develop this initiative further. 

"Once again, Jason was extremely generous with his time and support of these students, who go out of their way for younger peers on a daily basis."


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