A football star and his dog were the star attraction at Headlands school recently.
England Blind Football International Roy Turnham ran football sessions for Year 8 students and Sixth Formers and taught them about the skills required to play blind football.
Roy, who is also a Paralympian, brought along his guide dog Pudsey who was also greeted warmly by students.
Footballer Roy, who took part in the London 2012 Olympic games and has dozens of caps for England and the Great Britain Blind Football Team, hosted a question and answer session. He also put students through their paces with a football skills session concentrating on dexterity as well as concentration. To make the demonstration realistic some pupils were blindfolded to recreate an authentic ‘visionless’ environment.
Said Roy: “I want the students to realise they can achieve anything with hard work. When I come on a visit I want to share my story and leave youngsters with a positive message.”
William, 13, said: “It was fascinating watching how talented Roy was. His footballing skills are better than many Premiership players…”