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Pereira boosts school pride with new PL kit

29 May 2017
Dion Pereira with pupils from Laurance Haines School

Watford academy graduate delights pupils and teachers as he returns to Laurance Haines School to present new Nike kit

Primary school teachers can register for free resources and parents can nominate schools by visiting Premier League Primary Stars 

When Watford's rising star Dion Pereira returned to his old Primary school his arrival was not the only thing to thrill the pupils of Laurance Haines School.

Delivering brand new kits as part of the PL Primary Stars Kit and Equipment programme, the Hornets star surprised the school football team, who cannot wait to step out wearing their new strips.

"Before Dion came, we were making do with ill-fitting, old kits," said Chris Stephenson, the teacher in charge of the school football team. "This new kit has furthered the sense of pride the children have while playing for their school.

"We are incredibly grateful to have received them."

Pereira, 18, enjoyed an impressive season in the Professional Development League with Watford, and was rewarded for his performances with a Premier League debut against Leicester City, and the club’s Young Player of the Year award.

Little wonder then that his arrival, accompanied by his mum, who once worked at the school, caused a stir among the children and staff members alike.

Teacher Michelle Penny was particularly proud to see how her former pupil has progressed.

"It was such a delight to see Dion again," said Mrs Penny. "He was always a determined and resilient child. It’s wonderful to see him succeed as a professional footballer.

And after presenting the new kit Pereira took the time to speak to pupils and sign autographs for those hoping to follow in his footsteps.

"It was an inspiring moment to meet a professional player who started playing football on the same playground that we use every day," said Gabriel, captain of the boy’s football team.

The PL Primary Stars Kit and Equipment initiative donates valuable items such as shirts, bibs, cones and training balls to schools.

Schools have until 9 June to apply for either a kit or equipment package.

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