Chesterfield FC First Team stars Charlie Carter, George Smith, Tom Denton and Sam Wedgbury visited Mr Ferreday’s Y6 class at Mary Swanwick Primary School last week ahead of their SATs exams and their transition into Secondary School, to talk to them about their own strategies for handling pressure and dealing with highs and lows.
The key messages the players delivered were about believing in yourself, the need for a positive attitude, how important it is to help each other out, how to deal with change out of your own control and never giving up!
Sam Wedgbury also talked passionately about the need to ensure you do little bits of revision often, ensuring that you also give yourself time to relax mentally, in times of increased pressure. George Smith mentioned how much team spirit the camp has and how that helps all the players in difficult times. Both Charlie Carter and Tom Denton talked about the highs and lows of scoring goals and missing chances – with both players being given a challenge to do a special dance if they score in today’s game for the cameras!
Mr Ferreday was full of praise for the players saying, “There are definite parallels between the end of season pressure the players come under and the exam pressures the pupils have. I think listening to different strategies and experiences will really help in the coming important months the pupils have. The key messages were great and I couldn’t agree more about the need to work hard but also having “down time” to have fun and enjoy themselves. It’s been a great success”.