Top univer­sity foot­ballers visit Sa­cred Heart school

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

YEAR 5 and 6 chil­dren of Sa­cred Heart Catholic Vol­un­tary Academy, in Bea­con Road got the chance to meet and play with two Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity foot­ball schol­ars.

Star sign­ings from the world of foot­ball and higher ed­u­ca­tion, Conor O’Keefe and Jeremiah Dasaolu, play their foot­ball at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sta­dium for the “Schol­ars”, whilst also study­ing for an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree at the univer­sity.

Var­i­ous play­ers from the 1st team squad will be vis­it­ing Sa­cred Heart reg­u­larly over the com­ing months, to run ses­sions and give out free tick­ets to fix­tures at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sta­dium, so that the stars of the fu­ture in ei­ther a sport­ing or aca­demic con­text, can also see their role mod­els in ac­tion on the field.

The ses­sions are de­signed to put the univer­sity play­ers at the heart of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, as role mod­els to the next gen­er­a­tion of stu­dent ath­letes.

For the Schol­ars, com­bin­ing academia with elite sport can be chal­leng­ing, but the mes­sage to the young­sters is that it’s im­por­tant to achieve on both fronts.

■ Star sign­ings from the world of foot­ball and higher ed­u­ca­tion Conor O’Keefe (left) and Jeremiah Dasaolu (right) with Sa­cred Heart pupils.

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