Wes Brown and Sam Gallagher were each given a full mental and physical workout on an action-packed visit to St James' Blackburn CE Primary School as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
The duo were invited to the school by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust to see the ongoing work they're undertaking with the school as part of the Premier League initiative. With reading being at the forefront of the current work, the pair were asked about their favourite books, with both confirming Roald Dahl's BFG as their favourite childhood book and Wes telling the youngsters that he reads to his children virtually every day.
After concluding their Q&A - which was used by the junior school pupils to create biographies of each player - both stars headed across the road to the infant school, where they got right into the spirit of a gymnastics class with some of the youngest children at St James' by demonstrating their forward roll technique!
The trip, which was featured on Sky Sports News, ended with some small-sided football drills in the sports hall, prompting both players to speak positively of their experience and why they were keen to get involved.
Former Manchester United and England star Wes explained: “Myself and Sam have come to the school to help out the Premier League Primary Stars programme and meet the kids. We joined in with a few activities and all-in-all it’s been a good day.
“We got into a few questions about how we lead our lives and what our diets are like. We watched them do a bit of gymnastics and then we had a kick-about playing football. They all seemed to be very enthusiastic about it and it’s just nice to come down and help out.
“I’ve got three kids myself and they all stay very active, and I think if you can help teach them to get into sports and eating well at a young age then I think it’s good in the long run.”
Sam, currently leading Rovers' scoring charts during his season-long loan from Southampton, admitted that he found the experience unexpectedly energetic, adding: “It’s great to get involved in things like this. It’s something that comes with being a footballer and you’ve got to embrace it when you get the chance.
“You’ve got to think back to when you were a young kid, especially at my school, I had the Exeter City boys coming in now and then, and I knew how excited I would have been, so I really enjoyed it.
“The teachers were saying that they have been excited all day for us to come in, and to have a little kick-around and a bit of gymnastics as well was a nice surprise.
“I thought we might have a little kick-about, but I wasn’t expecting the gymnastics, so the roly-polys caught me out!”
Primary schools that are keen to enjoy the same added curriculum benefits as St James' Blackburn CE Primary School are advised to email Nick Jackson-Cooney via firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more about Premier League Primary Stars.