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Notts County’s Tootle and Hall visit Dovecote Primary School

Pupils at Dovecote Primary School welcomed a visit from Notts County first team players as part of their Premier League Primary Stars programme, delivered by Notts County Football in the Community.

The programme uses the appeal of professional football to inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 to take part in physical activity and supports the delivery of core subjects such as Maths, English, PE and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education).

During the afternoon, both defenders Matt Tootle and Ben Hall answered KS2 pupils’ questions and got involved in the PE session.

Matt Tootle admits he was impressed by some of the questions. He said: “I hadn’t done a school visit for a while so it was nice to do it today. I like answering the kids’ questions and just making them happy I suppose. At that age, they’re just really curious and some are football-mad like I used to be so it’s really nice for them to be able to ask us anything they want to know.”

Q&A session with the players

He added: “Also when I was a young kid, I got snubbed by a footballer so I always said to myself – if I ever become a footballer, I’ll never snub anyone so I’m trying to be a good role-model now.”

Ben Hall and Matt Tootle supporting FITC's #ivegotmine campaign

For the recently signed on-loan defender, Ben Hall, it was the first school visit, he said: “It was great interacting with the kids and nice to see their faces light up as they saw us.”

“Some of the questions were tricky but it was really enjoyable. The kids obviously look up to us and it’s a nice way of giving back to the community,” he said.

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