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Adams Jumps Straight Into Community Work

1 February 2021

One of Latics' January signings, Nicky Adams, joined Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) staff last week to pay a digital visit to children at school partner Royton Hall Primary School to support the schools programme.

Royton Hall Primary School are a proud OACT school partner, with Community Trust staff working within the school on a daily basis to provide lessons, support and opportunities to the school staff and pupils.

Nicky spent the morning speaking with Year 5 as the class quizzed him on his career so far. Nicky also explained about the sacrifices he has had to make to become a professional football, amassing over 600 career appearances so far. Alongside discussing his hopes for his time at Oldham he also highlighted the importance that education plays for children alongside sport.

Brenda Bradley, Royton Hall Year 5 teacher, commented: "The children really enjoyed meeting Nicky.  He answered their questions fully and gave great advice that could be applied to the other interests that the children may have - that with hard work and effort, children could work towards any goal. They were still talking about what they found out as we went outside for break telling other teachers about the visit.

It was also a great learning experience building up to the visit with researching the player and using that information for their own questions. Prior to the visit we had good discussions with the children about what makes a good question and evaluating their questions. Altogether a great experience, thank you so much."

Martin Vose, OACT Head of Community, said: "A huge thank you to Nicky for spending time with the pupils. Keeping the players engaged with our local school community by virtual means during these tough times is key for keeping spirits high as well as allowing young people feel connected to the club. We would also like to say a massive thank you to the club and all the players for their engagement with OACT, supporting us with our projects and programmes."

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