Defender visits his old school...
TOM EDWARDS took a trip down memory lane as he visited his old school to officially open a rooftop terrace designed by pupils.
Edwards visited Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, in Blurton – where he took his GCSE’s four years ago – to show his support for the first project to emerge from a student-lead health hub.
The 20-year-old defender was on a scholarship with the Potters when he joined the school as a Year-11 student and he was more than happy to officially launch the project
“It felt strange coming back here,” he admitted, “but it hasn’t really changed and it was nice to see so many familiar faces.
“The health hub project is a great idea. It’s fantastic that pupils have been given the chance to design a space that will benefit their fellow students.”
The hub, which is being funded through a £17,000 grant from Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), is aimed at improving young people’s mental health and school attendance.
The hub will also host yoga sessions and cookery activities for secondary student and primary pupils respectively, whilst the creation of a sensory room is also planned to help young people with Asperger’s and autism.
Adrian Hurst, Head of the Stoke City Community Trust, added: “It’s really important that players inspire young members of the local community and it’s clear to see that a project of his nature is going to improve young people’s health and wellbeing.
“Tom has an affinity with the school and he was delighted to be given the opportunity to revisit the school and meet some of the current pupils.”