The children at today’s Spireites Trust’s Soccer School at St Mary’s Catholic High School were joined by Chesterfield players Charlie Wakefield and Ify Ofoegbu.
The Community Trust's activities officer, Nathan Khan, stated that the kids have been having a great week and that seeing the players is a crucial part of the children’s experience.
“They’ve had a great day. It’s the last day of our Soccer School this week. We’ve had players come up every day this week,” said Khan.
“It’s a massive thing. It links what you see out there on a Saturday afternoon to the community, it proves that the players are approachable.
“The kids really enjoy seeing the players, getting up close to them, and asking some crazy questions.”
Khan believes that it’s not just the children who benefit from the visits, but the players as well, as it is a nice break from their usual day in training.
Khan explained: “They go training every single day, but how many of them play dodgeball or glow in the dark football.”
He then finished by saying that having a strong relationship between the club and the Community Trust is very important and that Martin Allen has been a great help.
Khan commented: “We can help each other massively. Martin’s been great supporting everything that we are doing.”
Spireites player Charlie Wakefield joined in with the fun on Friday and mentioned how much he liked the visits.
“I think it’s really good to come down and do the visits to the Soccer Schools, I really enjoyed it,” said Wakefield.
“We were doing basketball just then, and I haven’t done basketball in a long time but it’s good for the kids.
“We came the other day and did glow in the dark football, I’ve never done that before but it was a good experience.”
Wakefield then commented on how days like today are a change to his normal routine, and that he has seen some possible future Spireites.
The Chesterfield midfielder said: “We definitely don’t do glow in the dark football. It’s good to come down and see them and answer the questions they have for us.”
“I saw a few the other day when we were playing football, there were a few good ones, but when they’re young they like to hog the ball a bit too much.”
To book a place on any of the Soccer Schools at St Mary’s or one of the Roadshow venues, please visit: https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/chesterfield/