WORLD CUP bound Geoff Cameron was on hand to officially kick-off the Cheadle Academy's week of fundraising in aid of Sport Relief on Tuesday afternoon.
The United States of America defender joined around 300 pupils and teachers at the state-of-the-art sports centre at the school in Stoke-on-Trent.
Cameron spent over 90 minutes joining in activities, signing autographs, posing for photographs and speaking to the youngsters at the Academy, and afterwards gave his full backing to their efforts to raise money.
"It's fantastic to be here at Cheadle Academy and spend some time with the kids, who come out and support us at the weekends," the 28-year-old told stokecityfc.com.
"It's important for us to do our bit in the local area, so being here today is fantastic and hopefully I have played my little part in getting everyone excited about hopefully raising some serious money.
"It will all go towards an incredibly worthwhile cause, so of course myself, and everybody else at the Club are delighted to get involved in these sort of things."
The Academy, who last year raised over £3000 for charity, are hoping to double that amount this time around, and they are hoping that the Potters star's involvement will help them reach their target.
Director of Arts at the Academy, Sarah Booth, added: "It is fantastic to have Geoff here as part of the official launch of our week of action.
"I think a lot of the pupils were in awe of him when he first walked in to be honest, but I know that they have all enjoyed spending time with him for this fantastic cause.
"We were able to raise a good amount of money for comic relief twelve months ago, and hopefully we can beat that tally this time around.
"Having a Stoke City player here today, and coaches from the community too, has really given us a great start to a week of fundraising."