STUDENTS from North Shore Academy in Stockton were thrilled when Matt Crooks popped in to see some of their work as they prepared for a competition against eight other schools this coming week.
Entitled Tree, Tree, Treesiders, the students had been tasked with a social action project aligned to their work with MFC Foundation’s PL Inspires project, one which would have an environmental impact.
They came up with the idea of planting more trees around the Riverside and the surrounding areas, an initiative which would significantly reduce the impact carbon emissions have, especially on matchdays.
“I was really impressed with their idea and the planning they put in to it,” said Matt, who nickname is, of course, The Tree.
“With my nickname and the title of their project, I had to see what it was all about.”
Four, initially nervous, pupils made a presentation to a packed room, including Matt, in the Foundation’s classroom, before sitting down within the Boro star to ask him questions about his views on the environment and about his time in football.
“I was impressed with the questions as well as their project work. As players it is important to work with schools and their communities. We’re in a privileged position and it’s nice to give something back.
“Good luck to all the teams competing on Tuesday.”
That’s the day nine schools will pitch their ideas on a sustainable environmental project which would benefit the club.