Accrington Stanley’s players took time out of training to try their hand at coaching two after school sessions in Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

St Johns in Great Harwood and St James in Clitheroe were the two lucky primary schools to get a visit from 10 Stanley players each, with the boys helping out with a multi-skills session as well as refereeing and managing some teams in a mini-football tournament.

“It’s good to get the lads out and about again and involved in more of our community projects,” said Stanley boss John Coleman

“I think it is something that the youngsters appreciate and the players enjoy it as well.”

After the sporting fun, the lads held a short question and answer with all the children at both schools with some interesting and varying questions being fired their way!

“It was a fantastic afternoon at both schools,” said Stanley’s Community Trust Sport Development Officer Chris Mullen.  “To have professional football players visiting their school and taking part in their after-school clubs is a wonderful thing. I have to say the lads were fantastic, they joined in fully and really made it a special event for all involved.”

“It’s an extremely important part of this football club to get out and about in our local community,” added Stanley captain Luke Joyce, who visited the St Johns, Great Harwood session.

“The Community Trust do fantastic work across the area to promote our football club. I think the lads enjoyed the sport as much as the kids did!”