Pupils welcome VIP Guest

Pupils welcome VIP Guest

Pupils at a West Yorkshire school were delighted to welcome a very special, and very furry, VIP guest recently.

The students from St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf in Boston Spa were visited by Lucas the Kop Cat, the popular mascot of Leeds United Football Club.

Lucas visited the school to meet pupils as the football club has just begun holding coaching sessions at St John’s. The sessions are held with senior pupils once a week as part of the work of the Leeds United Foundation. The sessions will be held over six weeks.

The visit was arranged by the school’s Head of PE Kate Pirie and Anthony Hall, Disability Sports Officer for the Leeds United Foundation.

Kate said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Lucas to the school and the pupils were are very excited to meet him. He spent a lot of time high-fiving the students and playing football with them – lots of fun was had by everyone!

“The pupils are really enthusiastic about football, both boys and girls, and we recently had some success at a large tournament. The boys and girls’ teams made the trip from Boston Spa to Derby to take part in the event and while the teams didn’t manage to bring back the title, there was still plenty to cheer about as one of our groups made it all the way to the semi-finals.

“We’re really looking forward to our training sessions with LUFC and would like to thank them for working with us on this really exciting project.”

St John’s provides a specialist educational environment, offering both residential and day placements to hearing impaired pupils and is also a specialist school for young people with sensory and physical impairments. St John’s is an oral school where pupils are taught by specialist teachers of hearing impaired children.

For more information on disability football sessions and Every Player Counts Project at the Foundation please contact Anthony Hall, Disability Support Officer at the Leeds United Foundation – Anthony.hall@leedsunited.com direct on 0113 367 6014