Pupils of Kennington Primary School were treated to a PE session by none other than Declan Rudd as part of North End’s Premier League Primary Stars Programme.
The school has often welcomed in North End’s qualified coaches to deliver national curriculum lessons as part of the club’s schools provision, but their most recent lesson saw the PNE shot stopper conduct his very own PE session at the Preston based school.
Children were able to ask questions of Rudd with a question and answer session before the 27-year-old introduced them to a goalkeeper training session, and after spending time teaching and coaching the children, could it be a new calling for the North End shot stopper after football?
“I do really enjoy it, I like to do a bit of coaching and a bit of teaching and it’s important that you give back to the community when you can,” said Rudd.
“If you can get kids inspired to become footballers or get them into sport than that’s important.”
Declan was delivering the session to pupils in year five as part of North End’s Premier League Primary Stars Programme, North End’s schools provision which aims to use the power of the badge and football to inspire children in school and sport.
Delivered by the PNE Community and Education Trust, the club deliver initiatives to primary schools across Preston, and is looking to reach out to even more primary schools ahead of the start of the new academic year in September.
Declan continued: “It’s a big part of education as football has a massive say in society and has a big impact on towns and cities.
“If the football club can go out there and inspire kids to be active, even if it’s just for half an hour, running around and having fun then it’s a good thing. A lot of kids nowadays want to just sit at home and play on a computer so if you can get them outside playing activities then it’s important.
“I think I may have enjoyed it more than them! But no, it was good, we saw some smiles on their faces and they all seem to be having fun and it wasn’t a bad session to be fair so I might use that one again!”
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