Wednesday duo Fernando Forestieri and Modou Sougou went back to school when they helped open a brand new state of the art 3G pitch at a Sheffield Primary School.
The players went along to the official opening of Valley Park Primary Schools’ 3G artificial pitch which was donated to the school by SIS pitches via the Football Foundation.
To celebrate the new pitch, Forestieri and Sougou joined in a one of the school’s PE lessons where they took part in football drills and a mini tournament.
Sir Dave Richards, former Owls chairman, attended the opening and took time to speak to the pupils, teachers and players about how much of an impact the pitch will make to the school.
The pitch, designed by the pupils, sits in the centre of the school’s playground and has a striking red and yellow colouring and pupils will now be able to benefit from further PE and extra-curricular sessions in a range of sports.
Foresteri said: “The pitch is brilliant! The kids were telling me that they want to play on it all the time and their teacher said that the school can now put on lots of after school activities too! We enjoyed playing on it as well – the red and yellow design makes it fun!”
Forestieri and Sougou were also joined by Sheffield Sharks basketball star Mike Tuck for the grand unveiling.
Sir Dave Richards said: “The pitch at Valley Park is just fantastic and it was wonderful to see so many youngsters enjoying playing with Fernando, Modou and Mike. As a Sheffield man I know how much sport means to people in this neck of the woods, so special thanks must go to SIS Pitches and the Football Foundation for making this happen.”