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Pupils Score With Surprise Visit From Championship Footballer

20th Mar 2018

Pupils Score With Surprise Visit From Championship Footballer

Pupils of Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, which is part of the Northern Education Trust, were surprised and delighted when Marcus Tavernier, an 18-year-old winger who plays for Middlesbrough Football Club arrived at their school.

Marcus was there to promote the Premier League Reading Stars programme, which aims to inspire children to read, be active and develop important life skills by using the appeal of professional footballers.

As well as inspiring the children to read, Marcus helped the children to design new house badges for the recently introduced house points system.

The children shared their favourite books with the championship player, with many lucky enough to get their books personally autographed.

Emma Roffe, Principal at Frederick Nattrass, said:

As part of the Northern Education Trust we are always looking for new ways to inspire the children. Marcus Tavernier coming to the school to promote the Premier League Reading Stars programme was a great way to encourage the children.

Marcus Tavernier, said:

It's great to be involved with the work the Foundation do within the local community. You can see the boost it gives them for one of the players to come in to their class, its lovely. They had some tough questions for me which was quite a surprise.

Marshall Thorogood, a project worker with MFC Foundation and who teaches at the school added:

Marcus was absolutely fantastic with the children. He engaged with them, asked them questions and made sure every child had the opportunity to spend a little bit of time with him. One girl even shed tears of joy having met him, so the impact he had was phenomenal.