Former Leeds United and England midfielder James Milner has been named as the first Chancellor of Leeds Children’s University.
And to celebrate his new post James pitched in to give youngsters their very own football masterclass at Leeds Trinity University.
Leeds Children’s University, which has worked with 400 pupils across seven schools, is based at the Horsforth campus and was launched in November last year.
James, who began his football career at Elland Road, said: “It’s a great honour to be involved in such a project and if I can aspire and encourage children into sport then that’s such a positive thing.
“I fully appreciate the importance of being engaged with sport and out-of-hours learning from a young age – my education in Leeds is what helped me on the path to where I am today, so I’m grateful to have been given an opportunity to give something back.”
He was joined by coaches from West Riding Football Association and pupils who completed the training session received a special stamp towards their Leeds Children’s University passports.
Broadcaster Gabby Logan, who is Leeds Trinity University’s Chancellor, added: “Having been Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University since 2013, I’ve seen at first-hand how committed the University is to raising aspirations so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests, regardless of the background into which they were born.
“Having played premier league football for more than a decade, including achieving 53 England caps, James is a fantastic role model.”