Stoke City F.C. and England Goalkeeper Visits Local College
2nd March 2018
Staff and students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), part of the Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) were delighted to welcome Stoke City F.C. and England goalkeeper, Jack Butland to their Knutton Lane campus yesterday afternoon.
Taking time out from a busy training schedule on a cold wintry day, Jack took a tour of the College’s top-class sporting facilities, took part in a football training session with students from NULC’s Andy Griffin Football Academy (AGFA) and endorsed the work undertaken by the College in relation to Reading Ahead, a literacy-based initiative designed to raise awareness of the importance of reading for pleasure.
The packed afternoon schedule concluded with a lively Q&A session in the College auditorium, involving around 120 students from all areas of the College. Questions posed to Jack included; ‘Who is the best striker you’ve ever played against?’, ‘How do you prepare for big games?’, ‘Do you think Stoke City will stay in the Premier League?’ and ‘What has been the best Stoke City performance this season?’.
Following the Q&A, ex-Wolstanton High School pupil Ethan Cartwright, presented the Stoke City goalkeeper with a commemorative photograph of Jack Butland and Gordon Banks O.B.E., which was taken during Jack’s previous visit to the College in August 2016. Talented footballer and AGFA student, Ethan, aged 16, was selected for this honour in recognition of his recent call up to play in midfield for the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) national team, who recently travelled to Italy to take part in the prestigious Roma Caput Mundi tournament, where England faced games against the host nation Italy, Wales and Romania.
Karen Dobson, Principal & Chief Executive of NSCG said: “We were delighted to welcome Jack back to NULC. We really appreciated him taking time out of his busy training schedule to visit the College. It was fantastic for so many of our students to have the opportunity to meet a top class sportsman who competes at the highest level. Jack is a fantastic role model and someone who will no doubt provide inspiration to many of our elite sporting students who aspire to follow in his footsteps.”