Over 120 children from Spireites Schools Partnership schools attended an ‘Educational Day’ at the Proact Stadium, organised by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust.
The day involved workshops such as Football Numeracy, aimed at engaging pupils with maths and Football Literacy, delivered by Chesterfield’s head of media & communications, Nick Johnson.
Derbyshire FA were represented by Cath Morton for a session on the importance of Respect in Football and in School. Tanya Noon from Central England Co-operative delivered a workshop on Healthy Eating, including giving the pupils a chance to make their own 'fruit kebabs'. Diana Luke, who is a clincal therapist, came in to talk to the pupils about mindfulness and the power of positive thinking.
Emma Tooley, deputy head at New Whittington Primary School said: “The Educational Day was a fantastic experience for all of our pupils.
"They received an alternative insight into the football club and left feeling healthy, positive, informed and excitable! All the staff and players involved provided an excellent day and I'd like to thank them for their efforts."
In addition to the workshops, the pupils were treated to a Q&A session with Chesterfield stars Ian Evatt, Sam Hird and Tommy Lee, along with new signing Scott Wiseman. Club captain Ian Evatt said: “We were delighted to be involved with the day.
"The kids told us what they had learned about healthy eating and we were happy to talk about the importance of that, as well as respect and how important mindfulness is during matches.”
John Croot, chief executive of the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, added: “All the kids thoroughly enjoyed the day, as well as learning key skills.
"We were happy to welcome everyone to the stadium - including some children who hadn’t been down before - to show them some of the great things we do with the community.
“The kids saw a different side to football and the work that we do and they relished the opportunity of learning while having a lot of fun. The event was a great success and we're already discussing dates for next year!”