Young prospects prove big hit on community courses
Leicester City's young professionals returned to the game's grassroots during half-term week as they visited Leicester City In The Community courses around the county.
With programmes running in Aylestone, Birstall and South Wigston for children aged seven to 13, City prospects such as Adam Smith, Steven Smith and Alie Sesay dropped by for a kick-around and to hand out some goodies to young participants.
Arriving shortly after the day's training session, the players joined in with the games put on by course coaches, before taking part in a question-and-answer session.
"It's great to see the kids' faces when the players arrive, because it's not too many years on from when these guys were playing at this level," said Paul Robins, a community coach who also coaches goalkeepers in the Leicester City Academy.
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"I think the players enjoy it too. We've had young players and senior players visit the centres and they always have a good time."
For the young pros, this was an opportunity to experience part of the role established professionals regularly fulfil – that of a club ambassador within the local community.
"As aspiring footballers, it's important we set a good example for young people in the community and this has been a good opportunity to do that."said 18-year-old Steven Smith, who graduated from the City Academy last summer.
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