Paralympian footballer Roy inspires pupils at Holbeach Primary Academy

Holbeach Primary Academy pupils meet paralympian Roy Turnham and his guide dog Pudsey
Holbeach Primary Academy pupils meet paralympian Roy Turnham and his guide dog Pudsey
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Paralympian footballer Roy Turnham was a special guest at Holbeach Primary Academy on Thursday.

Roy (30), who was part of the Great Britain five-a-side team that finished seventh in the 2012 London Paralympics, visited with his guide dog Pudsey.

He talked to the children about his achievements and how footballers play without vision, using a special ball with a bell inside.

“He inspired the children so much that it’s all they’re talking about now, a day later,” principal Sue Boor told the Free Press on Friday. “They were all amazed how he manages to play football without sight and they loved having the dog in school too.”

Roy, who has also played in the 2011 World Games in Turkey, is studying for a Sports Development degree in Liverpool, where he runs a sport club for the visually impaired.

His visit was part of Sport For Schools, where GB elite athletes visit schools to inspire the children.

As well as the visit, pupils also spent the afternoon doing sponsored sports activities and the money raised will go towards PE equipment and towards supporting GB and Olympic athletes financially.

• More photographs in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.