Natalie on hand to help kids at Evenwood school.Sunderland forward Natalie Gutteridge took time out from her physiotherapy studies to visit Evenwood C of E Primary School to help the pupils with their learning.
"The children have a keen interest in football," said Claire Paige, teacher at the school. "Therefore to develop their literacy skills and writing for a purpose, the school has adopted a weekly ‘football theme’ which involves the Match of the Day theme tune and staff and children wearing football shirts for the lesson."
"Natalie kindly agreed to come along and spoke about how she got into football and handed out SAFC match day programmes for the children to read."
The year 5/6 pupils aged between 10 and 11 years old were very excited, asking lots of questions and were really interested in how hard she has worked to achieve her ambitions. The morning concluded with the children posing for photos before Natalie signed their school diaries.
“It was really good to spend time with the children,” said Natalie. "Hopefully my time here will motivate them to work hard at school.
“It is important for children to develop their literacy, so by encouraging reading and writing through football, something they are all interested in, is great.”
The pupils were also keen to hear about Natalie’s anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction which took place almost three months ago. She plans to step up her training programme and hopes to begin light jogging by the end of the week.