JACK BUTLAND met youngsters hoping to follow in his footsteps when he attended a goalkeeper coaching course organised by Stoke City Community Trust.
The Potters and England Under-21 star passed on tips and advice to the aspiring ‘keepers on the two-day course at Chesterton Community Sports College.
He spent time with the youngsters and took part in a Q&A session where he talked about his career so far and his future ambitions.
The 20 year old, who joined Stoke from Birmingham in January but spent the remainder of last season on loan with the Championship club, said: “It is great to be here today and see all the boys – and girl, not just enjoying themselves but working hard too.
“Stoke City has a great reputation for goalkeepers, so that has a good effect on getting good numbers here, and it’s great to see so many kids wearing their Stoke City shirts.
“It’s very positive for the club, the community and goalkeepers in general.”
The session at Chesterton College is the fifth goalkeepers-only course to have been organised by the Community Trust during the school summer holidays.
The Club’s Head of Community Programme Adrian Hurst said: “Jack was more than happy to pass on advice to the youngsters and we hope his visit will serve as an inspiration to them as they continue to progress and develop as goalkeepers.”