Rovers stars get youngsters on the dash

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Featherstone Rovers stars delivered a special present to pupils at Ackworth Howard J&I School when they made a surprise visit.

Players Ian Hardman and Andy Ellis paid the surprise visit to the school to hand out tickets to the Age UK Junior Abbey Dash in Leeds.

They gave ten free entry tickets to the run, on Sunday November 17, to children who had performed best in the school’s cross country run.

The tickets were donated by Jet2Holidays, which sponsors the race, in aid of charity Age UK.

Helen Clough, school business manager, said: “We work closely with Featherstone Rovers and have a good relationship with them, it’s a lovely community spirit, so they asked if we would like to take part in this.

“The children didn’t know they were coming, so it was a nice surprise for them.

“They came in and talked to the children and gave the free entry to the five boys and five girls who had done well in the cross country, from names we’d pulled from a hat.

“It’s also part of the Olympics sporting legacy, and it’s good the children are able to carry on with their running in their private time as well as in school activities.”