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McShane visits Mary Hare Deaf School

19 November 2015

Captain drops in at special school

Royals captain Paul McShane dropped in at Mary Hare Deaf School earlier this week, to take part in a football-themed session with the pupils.

The Newbury-based school for deaf students, which was established 99 years ago, consists of over 230 youngsters between the ages of 11 and 19.  GCSEs and A-Levels are taught at the school, and pupils are guaranteed a solid education – many pupils go onto university and other further education.

Reading FC Community Trust deliver weekly football sessions at the Mary Hare Deaf School, which is aided by Premier League and PFA funding as part of their disability programme.

Unfortunately the wet and windy weather meant that the football session had to be cancelled, but it didn’t dampen any spirits for the lively Q&A session with the Royals skipper.

With the help of a sign language interpreter, the football-mad students put their questions to the Royals skipper about every aspect of life as a footballer – including his highs and lows on the pitch, his domestic and international career, and getting the hairdryer treatment from Alex Ferguson!

Then the students got a chance to grab selfies and photos with the Reading centre-half, as well as getting photographs signed.

“I met the kids and they have been asking me questions about football and my career – it’s good to give them that information – I think it went well!” said Paul.

“There were some good questions and it goes to show they are interested in the game and interested in footballers and their careers.

“It lets the kids feel a bit closer to the players – it is good to be in contact with the kids; it’s great to come the school here and to talk to the kids.  The players here are always keen to come and get involved in the community.”

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