Oldham Athletic players David Worrall and James Wilson joined Oldham Athletic Community Trust staff this week to pay a visit to the Hathershaw College.
The visit was part of the on-going partnership between the Community Trust and the college. As part of the visit, the players visited a double club for year eight students, aimed at improving their confidence in reading. Some of the children read to the players before getting autographs and quizzing the players.
As well as questions around being a professional footballer there were also some questions around reading with the children keen to find out why the pair thought reading was so important and whether they had a favourite book growing up.
In addition to visiting the double club the players also started off the schools sport relief mile run. Despite the wet and windy conditions both staff and students braved the elements to take on the mile run and raise money for charity.
As part of the partnership between OACT and Hathershaw College girls only football sessions are held for students, with each week up to 26 girls participating in football sessions. These sessions are funded by the Football League Trusts Female Football Development Programme and are completely free for the girls to attend.
John Phelan, Hathershaw College PE teacher commented: "The visit was a fantastic reward for some of the students here at the school. In particular for the girls, who every week have participated in the training sessions. It was a great opportunity for them to quiz professional footballers and take away some tips from them."