Nedum Onuoha went back to school on Monday as QPR teamed up with two bestselling writers to teach kids about the world through football.
R’s captain Onuoha made the short walk from Loftus Road to Ark Swift Primary Academy, taking time out to inspire the next generation as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
‘The Chief’ joined well-known journalists and writers, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, who talked to students about their latest Football School book, which aims to engage reluctant readers, encourage literacy and promote learning through the beautiful game.
The book helps to explain the world through the medium of football – from biology and geography to physics and drama, it gives an introduction to why all these subjects are vital to becoming a footballer.
Meanwhile, Onuoha was on hand to talk to the students about his experiences as a footballer and how his education helped him get where he is today.
Students learnt about a whole host of subjects, from the importance of eating the right food, and when to eat it, to showing off their acting skills by demonstrating their best goal celebrations!
“It’s a brilliant idea!” Onuoha told
. “They cover subjects in such a way that people are more engaged and are entertained by it. By reading the books you’re learning stuff as well as enjoying yourself which is the ultimate combination.
“To see that many kids waving their hands in the air to come up to the front was incredible. You can see how moments like this for some of them will be the biggest thing they’ve done this year and hopefully it’s something they talk about in years to come.”
Football School co-writer Ben Lyttleton echoed Onuoha’s words, and was delighted QPR could play their part.
“Nedum is an inspiring person and fantastic role model for all the children,” he said. “When he was kid he studied really hard and did amazingly well whilst also becoming a professional footballer."