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Story added: 2nd February 2018

Smiles all round as City winger surprises pupils at Costessey Junior

Pupils at Costessey Infant and Junior School started yesterday afternoon with a surprise visit from Norwich City FC’s Josh Murphy.

The midfielder joined in with a PE session, delivered by the Community Sports Foundation (CSF), and then spent some time with the winning team of the local EFL Kids Cup competition.

Josh talked to the children about his football career, the importance of training hard and working as a team and answered some inspired and well-thought out questions from the group.

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The City winger signs autographs for pupils at Costessey Junior School.

Principal of Costessey Infants & Junior School Katie Lawson commented:

“We were thrilled that Josh visited our school; it has really motivated our children to do their best and keep working to achieve their goals which as a school is a message we are always sharing with them.

“One young girl told Josh today that he was a huge inspiration to her, and that it was her ambition to progress through the Norwich City Academy too.”

Josh said:

“I enjoyed coming to the school today to meet the kids and see the smiles and enjoyment on their faces, doing different activities and engaging with people they might not engage with in their classes.

“Community visits like this are important because a lot of kids will look up to their idols whether it’s a Norwich City player or someone else, it feels good to give something back and hopefully inspire them to go onto great things.”

Each week, CSF delivers PE lessons to 65 schools in the region, with over 10,000 pupils aged 5-11 years-old participating in those sessions.

The Foundation also provide over 100 extra-curricular clubs a week to give pupils the opportunity of additional sporting activities after school finishes.

To find out more about CSF’s School Sport Programme, click here or contact schools@canaries.co.uk.

"I enjoyed coming to the school today to meet the kids; it feels good to give something back and hopefully inspire them to go onto great things."

Josh Murphy

Norwich City FC Midfielder

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