Soccer star strikes home safety message

Pupils with Andy Booth (centre) and Pc Pete Whitehouse (right) during a Keeping Faith day at Spen Valley Sports College. (d10021103)
Pupils with Andy Booth (centre) and Pc Pete Whitehouse (right) during a Keeping Faith day at Spen Valley Sports College. (d10021103)
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huddersfield Town legend Andy Booth popped into Spen Valley Sports College to help give lessons on how to keep safe.

The former striker, who is now an ambassador for the club, kicked off the day’s events for all year seven pupils and was one of several guests invited to take part in the Keeping Safe initiative.

Teacher Danny Burkey said: “He talked to them all about how to achieve in all sorts of things. In his professional career he’s scored 150 goals for Town and played in the Premiership for Sheffield Wednesday and Spurs and he spoke about the choices he had to make to help him achieve this success.

“It went down brilliantly and he’s such a good role model for young people.

“The idea of the day was to help young people to make the right choices in life in order to keep safe and be happy, especially with some of the challenges they face today.

“There were different workshops, such as one on gangs and gang culture which was taken by our community policeman PC Peter Whitehouse. Another was taken by PC Rory Roman in knife crime, and then Suzanne Kitchen from Trading Standards about under-age drinking. That one was actually filmed by Calendar for a programme they’re screening later.

“Our staff provided a workshop on internet and mobile phone safety, the science department talked about solvent abuse and I did one on body image and eating disorders. It was a really successful day and the pupils got so much out of it.”