Norwich City star Russell Martin meets Falcon Junior School pupils

Norwich City defender Russell Martin visited Falcon Junior School in Sprowston to meet children and staff for a question and answer session last week.

The Scotland international was given a loud reception when he arrived in assembly with coaches from the Community Sports Foundation (CSF), who had been delivering PE sessions during Tuesday afternoon.

A partner school of CSF, Falcon Junior enjoys 16 hours of PE a week with CSF coaches and Russell came along as a special treat for the pupils after the sessions.

During assembly the children asked Russell a host of questions, including how he spends his spare time and how many hours he trains a week.

Falcon Junior headteacher, Richard Boyce, said: 'He was very charming. He told us a little bit about how he came to Norwich, how hard he had to work to get to where he is now and how much he is enjoying playing in the Premier League, which is the pinnacle of his sport.

'We have a lot of Norwich City supporters and quite a few season ticket holders. The pupils had prepared questions and clearly put a lot of thought into their questions.

'They weren't about money, it was about who was the best player he'd faced and what was the best stadium he had played in.'

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Russell revealed that he enjoys watching rugby and tennis, having represented his county at rugby as a junior.

He also said that Robin Van Persie of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale were the toughest players to contend with in the league so far.

Mr Boyce continued: 'There was one question that just asked 'are you living your dream?', and he said he really was, from where he has come from. So he was charming and really good with the children, they responded really well to him.'

CSF schools and education officer, Joe Harvey, added: 'We have an excellent relationship with Falcon Junior School and deliver a range of activities to every pupil in the school over the course of the week.

'It has been great for the children to meet one of their heroes and gain an insight into the life of a Premier League footballer.'

Is your school organising a special event? Call reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email

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