KENWYNE JONES gave the pupils of St Werburgh's Church of England Primary School an early Christmas surprise . . . when he joined them for their visit from The Co-operative Bank Football Roadshow this week.
Stoke City's £8 million striker not only passed on a few tips to the Year Two children as they were being put through a skills session by the Club's Community Coaches, he also presented the school with a fantastic prize.
As winners of one of the spot prizes for taking part in The Co-operative Bank Football Roadshow, St Werburgh's in Kingsley Holt have received a smart new team strip which will be worn by the school's football teams in future.
St Werburgh's are one of 84 local schools which have so far taken part in the scheme since it was launched in conjunction with the Football Club in September, offering coaching to almost 2,500 schoolchildren so far.
"This is where it all started for all of us," said Jones. "So it is important that we offer our encouragement to children at this age and this is a fantastic scheme which gives them some valuable coaching and support."
After joining in the skills session and presenting the kit, he then took part in a question and answer session with the pupils.
Many of them wanted to know more about his spectacular goal celebration and he beamed: "My advice to you is don't try it."
The Co-operative Bank Football Roadshow is scheduled to visit another 60 schools in the area from January onwards.
The feedback from parents of pupils who have taken part so far has been excellent with 95% of them saying that their enjoyed the sessions and gave them many of them encouragement to fulfil their dreams in the game.
There are still opportunities for schools to register for the Roadshow and this can be done by contacting Steve Hunt on 01782 592251.