Wellington Phoenix Players Head Back to School

This week saw players from the Wellington Phoenix Football Club heading back to school as part of the first week of the Club’s Phoenix in Schools programme.

This week saw players from the Wellington Phoenix Football Club heading back to school as part of the first week of the Club-s Phoenix in Schools programme.

An initiative driven by players, the first six weeks of the Phoenix in Schools programme sees players visiting 18 schools as they launch this key community programme.

Striker Paul Ifill said “The boys and I are really thrilled to have our Phoenix in Schools programme ramping up.

Growing up I always dreamt of footballers visiting my school but we didn-t get the opportunity. When you have an opportunity like this arise, you want to give kids what you missed out on”

The Wellington Phoenix in Schools programme is designed to work with the schools individually to ensure the visits are tailored to suit each School.

This week, Phoenix players Paul Ifill, Luke Adams and Reece Caira talked about their favourite book as a child to help Porirua-s Corinna School launch their book week.

At Tawhai School in Stokes Valley Stein Huysegems, Carlos Hernandez, Josh Brindell-South and Tyler Boyd talked about goal setting and sacrifices they made in order to be successful as a professional.

In addition to leaving schools with advice, skills and memories, each school-s participation in the programme is acknowledged by the school receiving 100 children-s tickets to a Wellington Phoenix home game as a thank you for participating.

All schools around the Wellington region are welcome to participate in this programme in early 2014. To register their interest, schools should contact the Wellington Phoenix Community Development Officer, Rachel Martelli on 04 802 4998 or email Rachel.