Footballers Strike a Chord with Schools’ Health Weeks

Accrington school children scored a visit from Stanley footballers to top off a week of lessons and activities on healthy lifestyles.

Accrington Stanley footballers James Gray, Michael Liddle and Piero Mingoa popped into Mount Pleasant and Benjamin Hargreaves Primary Schools to strike a note with pupils who had been busy learning about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise all week.

At Mount Pleasant, Gray and Liddle led a question and answer session on their training regimes and diet habits in a junior assembly.

Year Three pupils at Benjamin Hargreaves pupils enjoyed a classroom visit from midfielder Mingoa, before he joined in a Year Six sports lesson hosted by Accrington Stanley Community Trust in the hall.

The school visits – part of ASFC’s ongoing campaign to encourage Hyndburn’s youngsters to get behind their local team – were perfectly timed as both schools were running healthy weeks focusing on nutritious food and the benefits of plenty of exercise.

Every pupil received a free ticket to Accrington Stanley’s next home match at the Store First Stadium, as well as discounted £5 entry vouchers for accompanying adults.

James Gray said: “These visits are a great way for us to get involved with the local community, chat to the kids and encourage them to come along to a game or two.”