Scunthorpe United’s captain and goalkeeper Sam Slocombe visited Brigg County Primary School to make a special presentation to one year six pupil.
Lily Odlin went to an open evening at Sir John Nelthorpe School and had free entry in a draw. Her ticket came out first among hundreds of pupils and she is now the owner of a new football signed by Sam.
She was delighted to accept the football from the North Lincolnshire local boy made good himself and clutched it under her arm with pride.
And while at the school, Sam spoke to the year six pupils about his career.
“I always wanted to be a pro, but I walked away at 14 when I was on Lincoln City’s books,” he said.
“They wanted me to travel four times a week for training, it was interfering with my homework.”
But that paid off, as Sam got 11 GCSEs Grade A to C and 3 A levels.
“It’s a fact that only 1 per cent of those at club academies at 15 make the grade to be a full-time professional,” he added.
“Education to me is all important.”
Two Scunthorpe United Academy players were in his audience.
Sam told the pupils how his Scunthorpe United debut came in a game against Blackpool in the championship.
He captained Scunthorpe United to promotion last season, appearing in every game and keeping a clean sheet in half those games.
But he admitted to also being a Manchester United fan.
Sam spent the morning in Brigg and did some coaching and passed on tips to students at Sir John Nelthorpe School.
Head of PE at Sir John Nelthorpe John Taylor said: “He’s not only a good footballer, he’s very bright as well.”