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Kitching & Catterick Visit Ward Jackson School

28 March 2019

Thanks to the support of Hartlepool United staff and players, HUCSF have had another pair of Pools players attend one of their sessions this week.

On Wednesday 26th March Ryan Catterick and Mark Kitching attended one of our Primary Stars Schools, Ward Jackson, to visit the pupils.

They started off in reception joining in with their PE lesson, playing tag and handball.

After the games were over, and following a request from the year 6 teacher, the players went to speak with the class to explain the importance of their maths and English studies.

Mark explained that when he first joined Middlesbrough FC, he couldn’t sign his registration forms unless he had first completed his maths and English GCSE. If he hadn’t completed these he would have to do extra lessons whilst playing to finish off his studies.

Ryan has been with HUFC since the Under 16s  in the Academy and one of the most important things instilled in these players is attitude and behaviour.

When he moved up to the Youth Team he had to do college studies as part of his apprenticeship and this is across the board for all apprentice footballers.

HUCSF Manager Keith Nobbs then spoke about how necessary it is to have these skills in all walks of life, and as footballers when you reach the age when you can no longer play professionally it will help with other career options.

As an incentive to the Year 6 class and to reward those who have excelled in their attendance and studies, HUCSF have offered four tickets to the last home game against Salford City on 27th April for the class teacher to distribute as they see fit.

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