Pupils at two primary schools received a huge surprise when a popular face from Wycombe Wanderers came and visited them at the end of October.

Year 5 students at Carrington Junior School and Year 6 students at Oakridge School in the town, met the club’s mascot Bodger, who visited both schools with a special gift – the League One play-off final trophy.

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Both schools are taking part in the Primary Future Goals Project run by Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust, in conjunction with Buckinghamshire Council.

The project focuses on building positive relationships, respect, making the right choices, teamwork and undertaking challenges through a mixture of class-based work and individual mentoring sessions.

Bodger with the Year 6 children at Oakridge School

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And after Joe Jacobson scored the winning goal against Oxford United at wet Wembley Stadium to send the Chairboys into the Championship for the first time on July 13, the school children were able to relive the victorious moment.

One of the Year Five pupils from Carrington said: “It was amazing to see the trophy so close.

“When Bodger picked it up, I couldn’t believe it was so heavy.”

An Oakridge pupil added: “I don’t know who was more excited, us or our teachers.

Bodger with students from the Carrington School

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“It was great to meet Bodger and I’ll never forget having the trophy in our school”.

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Atia Nazmin from WWSET said: “We relish the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the children by spreading positivity and building a relationship with which we can kindle enthusiasm to aid learning.

“In these times of uncertainty, it is imperative that we are able to support the children academically, but importantly their mental health, too.

“Bodger’s visit is an important part of this positivity.”

For more information, visit www.wwset.co.uk.