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Small school’s big visit from Phoenix football players

Apr 21st, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Sport

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WELLINGTON Phoenix footballers have taken time out of a busy schedule to visit the students at Linden School.

The school was selected from a pool of Wellington schools, to host the visit which is part of the ‘Phoenix in Schools’ programme.

Defender Josh Birdell-South, striker Kenny Cunningham, and midfielder Alejandro Rodriguez talked to students and played a few games of football with them before signing bags, shirts, books and just about anything else they were handed.

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“It’s always good to come and give a little back to the community,” says Alejandro Rodriguez.

Josh Birdell-South says: “We go to a few other schools and go to the hospital as well. It’s always good to get out once a week.”

The school was also given 1000 tickets to the game between the Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners.

“This is so good for us, something big happening to such a little school,” says Rebecca St. Claire, the teacher Linden School who organised the visit.

She says the kids have been decorating the school and making banners to the players’ arrival and had a countdown in place prior to the visit.

The Phoenix in Schools Programme aims to increase the visibility of football in the community.

The programmes are individually tailored to each school and its curriculum and needs.

And just in case you’re interested, The Phoenix won Friday’s match 3-2 with Cunningham scoring the equalising goal and the winning goal in the last 15 minutes of play.

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