Our student footballers enjoyed a kick-about with Notts County FC players Matt Palmer and Tobi Adebayo-Rowling before getting the chance to ask them questions on life as a professional player.

The visit by Matt (midfielder) and Tobi (defence) was organised by academy staff members Mr Mills and Mr Page. Around 20 academy students played a 20 minute match on the academy fields, before putting their questions to the two professionals.

Our students’ questions included:

  • “Who is the best player you’ve ever played against?”
  • “What’s been the high point of your career?”
  • “What’s your weekly routine like?”

Tobi said afterwards: “I really enjoyed the session, they’re really lovely kids.”

Matt added: “The students were really engaged. They came up with some good questions.”

Henry, from year 11, said: “I’ve been inspired by the whole thing. It gives me motivation for my dream of being a professional footballer.”

Julian, from year 9, added: “Being a Notts County fan it’s good to meet these people you watch every week, as people you look up to.”

Notts County players Matt Palmer and Tobi Adebayo-Rowling (pictured centre, L to R) with academy students and staff

Staff member Mr Mills commented: “The students behaved very well throughout and really appreciated the players giving up their time.”

Our academy has a longstanding relationship with Notts County FC. In July our students were given a tour of the team’s ground by ‘Magpies’ legend and club record goal-scorer, Les Bradd; and the school was also visited by players Aaron Nemane and Richard Brindley  in December 2022 .

A big ‘thank you’ to Notts County FC for their kindness.