Sporting students act as ball boys for Walsall friendly

The group with Walsall mascot, Swifty

The group with Walsall mascot, Swifty

Students from Chase View Primary school in Rugeley joined up with their counterparts from Holy Name Catholic Primary school in Great Barr to act as ball boys and girls for Walsall Football club’s pre season friendly match v Aston Villa on Tuesday at the Banks’s Stadium.

The evening began with a training session and match on the astroturf pitch before they were led out by captain Jack Lynch and to welcome the teams onto the field.

Aston Villa put out a strong team with several premier league internationals including Kieran Richardson, Gabby Agbonlahor and Brad Guzan playing.

Everyone enjoyed an excellent evening in a very closely contested game that Villa just won 1-0 in front of a crowd of almost 7000.

At the end of the game the children were congratulated by Walsall Community Director Paul Larvin for their terrific enthusiasm and behaviour. A signed Walsall ball was awarded to Owen Diegnan for showing the best attitude, something he will no doubt remember, as he is a Villa season ticket holder!

Some of the group will return to Bescot in October to be ball boys and girls again when Walsall play Chesterfield in the league.