It’s fortunate that you don’t find crocodiles in the River Darwen, because Jayson Leutwiler’s stand-out task on a recent school visit near the waterway was to read a story about a large green animal that eats small children!
The Canadian international goalkeeper told the tall tale on a visit to Walton-le-Dale St Leonard’s Primary School, where he read excerpts from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ and infants’ favourite ‘Elmer’ (a tale about a multicolour elephant!) as part of an afternoon aimed at encouraging pupils to read regularly.
Sharing the stage with members of staff from Blackburn Rovers Community Trust as part of a fun-packed assembly, the multi-lingual shot stopper also took a varied selection of questions from the floor, including one in his native French, given that Key Stage Two pupils have recently been studying the language!
Jayson also wowed the youngsters by talking about his previous experience of playing alongside Mo Salah and melted the hearts of the animal lovers by talking about the many pets he has enjoyed owning during his lifetime.
One parent spoke of how much excitement the afternoon visit had brought to the South Ribble school, explaining: “My sons were buzzing when I picked them up and I've had messages from other parents saying that their children have not stopped talking about it!”
Taking the Rovers keeper on the road was part of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s commitment to furthering local education opportunities as part of their Premier League Primary Stars project. If your school would like to discover more about the exciting chances it can create, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.