Students at a Fareham school had a treat when former Pompey player Joel Ward paid a visit.
Joel, who has now moved to Crystal Palace, visited Neville Lovett Community School to lead an assembly for Year Seven students which focused on aspirations and the qualities that you need to reach your dreams.
Neil Edwards, head of Year Seven, says: ‘It was an aspirations assembly. We are really pushing aspiration for the Year Sevens striving for their dream.
‘We wanted Joel to come in and talk about his childhood and that dreams are achievable, from a professional sportsman’s point of view.
‘It’s about drive, dedication and determination.’
He adds: ‘He talked about himself from about the age of four and he went on to talk about working hard at school. Even though he knew he always wanted to be a professional footballer, he knew it didn’t always work out.’
Pupils were then invited to take part in a question and answer session with Joel. Neil says it went very well.
‘It was great. There were some really good questions. Once they got over the initial nerves of not wanting to ask questions, they were coming thick and fast.’
Student Tyler Hayward says: ‘He gave me ideas about how hard it is to achieve your dreams in the future, but that they are achievable.’
Katie Pratt adds: ‘When you have visitors in school to do with sport, it gives you lots of ideas about what you need to do in order to get to the top.’