TWO Burton Albion Academy players visited Stanton School today to help them celebrate Sport Relief.
James Melhado and Nathan Morley attended the school this morning to assist Foundation Phase Lead Coach Dave Roberts in sessions with students from classes in years one to six.
The students worked through sessions based around movement with the football as part of their Sport Relief celebrations, which also featured selling cakes and attending in non-uniform.
The under 18s players were delighted to have taken part in the sessions.
Midfielder Melhado said: “I really enjoyed it. It was a good experience working with the younger kids and getting a bit of coaching in with them. Doing it for charity makes it even better.”
Morley, who is currently on-loan with South Normanton, said: “It has been a really fun day, it is good to get out here, show them some skills and see what they can do as well. With it being for charity, that makes it even more worthwhile.”
Carla Wright, of Stanton school, explained how Stanton has been trying to raise money for Sport Relief: “We have been trying to fit different things in before and after breaks. We have done some fundraising, we have been selling cakes in the tuck-shop that the children made. The students have donated to come in non-uniform and they all have smiles on their faces.
Sian Hughes, also of Stanton School, said: “We have been raising money for Sport Relief. We have done lots of movement games and activities, Burton Albion have come in and done some football activities. The kids loved it, there is a buzz around the school. Obviously, we have one player (Stevie Savage) who plays with the Academy, so he is really excited to see Burton Albion come in.”
Stevie Savage, a Burton Albion under 10s player and student of the school, was pleased to see under 18s player and Roberts visting the school for charity, who he is familiar with from the Academy.
He said: “We have been doing some skills and playing some games. Dave is a really good coach to learn with. I have enjoyed doing it for Sport Relief.”