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Ben Whiteman makes virtual visit to local primary school

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PFA member Ben Whiteman surprised some year 5 and 6 students at a Doncaster Primary School when he joined their classroom via a video call on Thursday.

During the season, players at the club would often take time out of their busy training schedules to go into schools and speak to the students however, under the current unprecedented circumstances in light of Covid-19, a new online initiative has been launched. 

Now, students will be able to talk to their favourite players via a video link that is displayed on the classroom's whiteboard. The students are then able to talk all things football and ask some questions. 

Kelly Jackson-Powell, sport development officer at the Foundation, said: “Our player visits are very well received in the community, and being able to continue to do this safely is great for the children. 

“The class very much enjoyed it and were able to chat to Ben about his life as a professional footballer, and even asked him some cheeky questions!” 

“We’re looking forward to arranging some more in the future.”

Emma Smith, teacher of the Tiger class at Sunnyfields Primary, in Doncaster, said: “We loved the opportunity today, the children came up with their own questions to ask Ben. 

“We’ve got quite a few footballers in our class so it was really good to hear some expert advice on how they can get better and how they can train better.”

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