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Roberts and Peters visit Walsall College’s Disability Sports Academy

1 February 2019

Liam Roberts and Cameron Peters visited students at Walsall College yesterday.

The Saddlers players were quizzed by members of the college’s SLDD Academy (Special Learning Difficulties and Disabilities) about their lives and careers as professional footballers.

The SLDD Academy launched as the UK’s first in September 2016 and gives students the opportunity to improve skills across a range of sports, while helping with their English, Maths and ICT skills.

Liam Roberts said: “It’s been great for us to come down and speak to them today, and hopefully inspire them to keep doing what they’re doing.

“For the Academy to be the first of its type in the country is unbelievable. It’s brilliant that an opportunity like this one is available for those with learning difficulties.”

The SLDD students, who have mostly moderate learning difficulties, play matches against other disability teams from across the region.

Andy Higgins, SLDD Lecturer and Sports Co-ordinator, said: “The group thoroughly enjoyed the visit - a big thank you to Liam and Cameron for coming down.

“It was a great opportunity for the students to get a professional footballer’s point of view, and I know they’ll find it really valuable.”

Interviews are taking place for next year’s SLDD Sports Academy. If interested, please contact andy.higgins@walsallcollege.ac.uk


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