Chesterfield players Robbie Weir, Curtis Weston, Michael Nelson, and Joe Anyon visited Year 6 pupils at Newbold Church School this week to give advice on how to cope with pressure as the children get ready for their SATs tests.
Spireites defender Nelson stated that it’s good to share the players’ experiences coping with pressure, by saying: “We are just trying to give advice to the kids on how we cope with the pressures and stresses of football.
“We’ve tried to link that with the SATs that they’ve got coming up at the end of the year, so it’s been good to share with them on how we cope with it and try and help them.”
The 38-year-old went onto mention that the visit gave the students variety and a break in the build-up to their tests at the end of the academic year.
“It’s something different for the kids to see a different side seeing us rather than just seeing the teachers, sometimes it’s nice for them to have a bit of a break and a little bit of a change,” explained Nelson.
“My youngest boy is a Year 6 pupil himself so he’s going through the exact same things as the kids we spoke to today.”
Kerry Marsh is the headteacher at the primary school and put forward that it’s important for her pupils to engage with the players.
“It’s fantastic. The children really like seeing real life footballers, getting to spend time with them, ask questions and relate their own experiences to the footballers,” said Marsh.
“They’ve come in to look at mental health and I think for our children who are coming towards their SATs it’s really important.
“They can talk to each other, but to talk to people who are going through different pressures and how they cope with it, it’s a really good way of pushing the mental health message.”