Two Haverhill schools are hoping to give their students some footballing inspiration with the held of a former pupil turned Championship player.
Charlton Athletic centre half Michael Morrison, 25, gave some football coaching to the youngsters of Place Farm Primary Academy on Monday (October 21), the first of a series of coaching sessions.
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City star has also been helping at partner school Castle Manor Academy, as he studied at both while growing up in the town.
Morrison said: “We’ve been doing some football sessions working on passing and technique and they’ve had some small games.
“It’s really good coming back to my old school as I’d struck up a relationship with (Castle Partnership principal) Madeleine Vigar as I used to go to Castle Manor, and she said about the partnership.
“It’s nice to come back and help the kids and hopefully I can give them some inspiration and teach them something.
“We’ve started quite small with years five and six and are doing a six week course after the half term on Mondays, which is when I’m free as I’m committed and want to be hands-on, so hopefully this will all go smoothly.
“There’s definitely a lot willing to have a good go here as the weather’s been bad but everyone has had a try, so hopefully they’ll get involved in football and sign up to Haverhill Rovers or their local team.”
Both Place Farm and Castle Manor now hope to continue to develop the links between themselves and Morrison to offer more coaching.
Place Farm head Jane Sendall said: “Michael has recently returned to both of our academies as a past pupil with a successful story to share.
“It’s wonderful for pupils to share this success and gain experience of working with a professional footballer.
“Pupils have been really positive about the experience so far and I expect the sessions on the next half term to be very popular.”
Ipswich Town fan Adam Bareham, nine, said: “Michael is good at training people and has been training us in defence and midfield.
“I enjoy being in goal and would like to keep playing when I’m older.”
Arsenal supporter Elijah Hunte, 11, added: “I like playing down the left wing and it’s been good to be able to have a kick around with Michael.”
Morrison is doing football coaching for seven to 12 year olds from 10am to 2pm next Monday (October 28), Tuesday (October 29) and Wednesday (October 30) at Castle Manor.
Call 07983 886142 for more details and to book a place.
To see a video from the event, visit haverhillecho.co.uk
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