LEEDS United stars Ross McCormack and Noel Hunt turned talent-spotters as they paid a visit to a junior football coaching session.
McCormack and Hunt were special guests at a session of the Leeds Inner City Football Training (Lift) Academy held at Fearnville Leisure Centre in Gipton.
Run by local resident Victor White in partnership with United’s famed youth academy, the sessions regularly attract more than 100 youngsters from the area.
And the Leeds players of today came away impressed by the skills of the youngsters who could be Whites favourites of tomorrow.
McCormack said: “I’ve just had a quick look and there are a few good little players.
“It’s always nice to come down and have a look at these sorts of things because not too many years ago it was myself over there.
“I was probably spoilt as a kid because I was at [Scottish club] Rangers so we never had any problems.
“This is good for the kids, they will enjoy it. There is a lot here today, it’s nice to come down and have a look and spend some time with them.”
Hunt told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s great to see kids down here. It’s obviously the middle of October but it is a bright evening so it is great to get the kids off the street and out of the house and playing football. This is where it all starts, at grassroots.
“It is great to keep the kids on this path and keep them involved in football. I’m really impressed with what they have here, it’s great for them.
“I’ve come from a place like this.”
The Lift Academy was started in 2007, with United players Jonny Howson and Aidy White doing the honours at its opening.
A number of youngsters have made the leap from the Fearnville sessions to United’s own academy system in the years since then.
For more details, ring Victor White on 07896 275181.
l United are celebrating the launch of a new retail presence in the middle of Leeds.
The club will have a store at the Trinity Leeds centre until the end of the year in a link-up with the popular Made In Leeds brand.
It is located at the corner of Albion Street and Commercial Street, next to Boots. The venture follows the success of a United pop-up store that operated at Trinity Leeds in August.