West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper visited Pontville School in Ormskirk to attend the official opening of the School’s ‘Special Cruyff Court’ by Virgil van Dijk.
The Cruyff Foundation, with support from the People’s Postcode Lottery have worked with the Specialist School to create the court, which is designed to encourage children with additional needs to participate in sports.
Before having a kick around on the pitch, The Liverpool FC star and Cruyff Foundation ambassador spoke to the students, answered their questions, and even briefly got Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp on facetime to say hello.
Speaking to the children, van Dijk said:
“This Cruyff Court will help you in multiple ways; As a football player and especially as a human being. You’ll have to deal with teamwork, losing, defending, winning. You’ll benefit and enjoy it!”
After the event, Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“I am really grateful to Pontville School for inviting me to such a wonderful event. The ‘Virgil van Dijk Special Cruyff Court’ is clearly already making a fantastic difference to participation in sport at the school!
“Virgil van Dijk couldn’t have been a more generous ambassador for this project, giving his time to answer the student’s questions and taking pictures.
“The Cruyff Foundation are doing amazing work promoting sports to children with additional needs and I am sure this will make a lasting difference at the school, for years and years to come.”