Young centre-back offers advice to youngstersJake Cooper visited students at Southfield School in Wokingham on Wednesday, after being invited by his former coach Nick Peck.
The centre-back was managed by Mr Peck when he represented Finchampstead-based side California FC as a youngster, and the coach was thrilled to see him stop by.
Mr Peck said: “I think you saw from the reaction of the boys just how much it meant. Jake handled it all very well and professionally. He came across as a very level-headed young man and a lot of the staff could not believe he was only 19 years old.”
Cooper used the afternoon to meet the headmaster of the BESD school, Dominic Geraghty, before watching the boys take part in a game of football.
And afterwards he sat down with a selected group of pupils and answered questions - highlighting the importance of commitment, motivation and living a disciplined lifestyle.