Scholars deliver Easter cheer to youngsters at Royal Bolton Hospital

A trio of scholars from Bolton Wanderers' Academy paid a special visit to the children's ward at Royal Bolton Hospital on Tuesday afternoon to spread some cheer ahead of the upcoming Easter festivities.

Young players Ted Moulden, Callum James and Jordan Boon, accompanied by Lee Wood - Head of Academy Education - made the short journey to the town's hospital after training to deliver Easter eggs donated by all members of the club's playing staff, from the first team, through to the Under-23s and Under-18s.

Upon their arrival, they were greeted by Laura Gasson, a Play Specialist on the ward, who took them to visit the various patients who are currently receiving care at Royal Bolton Hospital.

The teens took time out to chat to the children and their families, learning about their situations before giving them a chocolate treat to cheer them up at a difficult time.

The scholars took part in the visit as part of their two-year apprenticeship with the club where they are required to complete a series of qualifications, one of which is their NVQ in Sporting Excellence which provides them with an opportunity to get out into the community, meet the general public, hone their interpersonal skills and be out of their comfort zone.

This all takes place to also prepare them for life as a professional player, giving them the chance to portray themselves, and the football club which they represent, in the correct manner.

Speaking following the visit meanwhile, Boon said: "It's been really enjoyable coming down here today and it puts a lot of perspective on to our own lives.

"These kids are so young and some of them are having a really awful time at the moment, so it is a reminder to us that we are very lucky to be healthy and in the careers that we are.

"To be able to bring a little smile to their faces was really fantastic and it is so important that we as a club, from top to bottom, continue to support the local community and town in whatever way we can."

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