THEY didn’t quite bring lunchboxes and rulers with them, but Blackpool FC’s players got right into the spirit of things when they went back to school.
Ian Holloway sent his squad to Blackpool Sixth Form College for the day, where they joined in lessons and generally had a ball.
College principal Felicity Greeves was delighted the players enjoyed themselves – and said it was a great day for students too.
“The footballers stepped out of their comfort zone by coming into a different environment – our college – and our young people have to do that to learn,” said Mrs Greeves.
“To develop your career and succeed, you have to step out of your comfort zone because a career in life isn’t given to you,
“When the players came in, our pupils could see very celebrated, talented local people, but people who are prepared to work hard and do different things and I think that makes fantastic role models for our young people.”
Goalkeeper Matt Gilks took part in a music lesson – and ended up providing the drums on an impromptu version of Sweet Child ‘O Mine – while defender Stephen Crainey joined in dancing lessons, and skipper Barry Ferguson found himself in a biology class.
Explaining how the visit came about, Mrs Greeves added: “We had Ian Holloway in a few weeks ago to talk to the students and to give them a motivational talk.
“He enjoyed himself so much he came back the next day, and we started talking about teaching and learning, and how we could develop it.
“We are one of the Government’s first 100 teaching schools, which basically means we are tasked to consider different ways of teaching people.
“Ian is very interested in how you actually get people to learn. That was part of the discussions, and we are also very interested in his form of leadership. It is absolutely fantastic to watch how he motivates people. He is unique.”