School children in Accrington were given a special surprise after a Stanley star turned up to judge an Easter competition.
Striker Marcus Carver visited youngsters at Peel Park Primary School to hand out Easter eggs to the winners of the school’s annual egg decorating competition.
He also complimented them on their ‘weird and wonderful’ artistic creations.
Teacher Miss Samantha Blackshaw, who organised the competition, said: “The children were over the moon when they found out they’d receive their prizes from a professional footballer – they were ecstatic when Marcus walked in.
“They’re all football-mad so I’m sure lots of them will be excited to go to the game this weekend.”
Carver also visited All Saints Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors to take over teaching duties for an afternoon sports lesson.
He led Year 3 students in an outdoor football session to test their ball control, coordination and teamwork.
All Saints teacher Mr Gordon Preston said: “The children had great fun.
“A huge thank you to Accrington Stanley for organising the visit and to Marcus for visiting us on his day off.”
The school visits were part of Accrington Stanley’s ongoing campaign to encourage Hyndburn’s youngsters to get behind their local team.
Pupils at both schools received a free ticket to an Accrington Stanley home match as well as discounted £5 entry vouchers for accompanying adults.