Former student, Bournemouth FC winger, Junior Stanislas was delighted to return to his old school and join Year 9 in their PE lesson yesterday as part of Nike’s ‘Beat this Week’ Campaign.
Junior met up with some of his former teachers, including his former PE teacher and School Football Team manager Steffan Ball and enjoyed reminiscing about his school days and memorable football matches with the school team.
“It’s interesting to see the school now, it’s a special place” Junior said before heading off to the Astroturf with Year 9s.
The students were thrilled to have the premier league star join their lesson, giving them tips on how to feed the ball and positional play. The lesson ended with a mini-tournament and Junior joined in, setting up goals, encouraging the students and congratulating them on their skills. At the end of the session he gave ‘Player of the match’ awards to Ellie and Dora who each received a signed Nike training top.
Students didn’t miss the chance to ask Junior about life in the premiership, questioning him about players, his training programme and international career. Junior told students how he had been an Academy player since he was 10 years old and played all the time with friends and teams in order to improve. He’s played for the ‘Cherries’ for 4 years and trains every day. He has also played for West Ham, Burnley and England Under 19, 20 & 21s.
Junior advised students to ‘stay dedicated’ to their dream. Whatever they wanted to do they must believe in themselves and work hard at it, most importantly, they had to enjoy what they were doing and if they wanted to become a footballer then they had to ‘practice, practice, practice’.
Head of Sherwood School, Steffan Ball said: ‘It was great to welcome Junior back. The students were amazed when they saw him but they soon overcame their shyness and really responded to his advice. We’d like to thank Junior and Nike for giving our students a brilliant morning.’