World Cup fever grips pupils at Belmont Grosvenor School
Former England goalkeeper Rob Green took time out of his busy schedule to pass on his footballing skills to young pupils at an independent Harrogate prep school.
As the nation prepares for England’s semi final match against Croatia in the World Cup, the ex-Leeds United player spent the morning with children at co-educational Belmont Grosvenor School, which is based at Birstwith, Harrogate.
Children from the school’s Reception to Year 2 classes, including Rob’s own two children who are pupils at Belmont Grosvenor, brushed up on their ball skills under the keeper’s watchful gaze – but thankfully didn’t have to face a penalty shoot-out!
Said Mr Green: “After the tension and excitement of England’s match, it was a real treat to be able to come into school and encourage the children starting out on their footballing journey.
“Looking at their beaming smiles as they play sport is a reminder to me that it can be enjoyed on many different levels and is first and foremost there to have fun,” he said.
“The England players being interviewed throughout the World Cup have talked about playing with a smile on their faces, and this is no different to this morning with the children here at BGS,” he added.
Boys and girls at Belmont Grosvenor School, based in 20-acres of grounds just three miles from the centre of Harrogate, play a wide variety of sports throughout the year.
As well as football, children play rugby, hockey, tennis, netball and cricket. The school has its own swimming pool, and children compete in galas and biathlon competitions.
Pam Dight, Deputy Headteacher at Belmont Grosvenor School, said she was delighted Mr Green could drop into school to help run the footballing workshop.
“All children at Belmont Grosvenor School have access to a wide range of sports. As well as their timetabled lessons, the school runs a large number of before, during and after school clubs. Football is very popular with our pupils and for Mr Green to come into school to share his skills with everyone is a real pleasure and honour,” she said.
“We are very grateful for him for giving up his time to come and inspire our children. Everyone involved had a wonderful morning” she said.
Belmont Grosvenor School and Magic Tree Nursery cares for children from three months to 11 years, and is based in Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, Harrogate. For more information or to arrange a tour visit www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk