Wanderers midfielder and number seven, Erhun Oztumer was recently at Highfield Primary School in Farnworth to be present and take part in a ‘Daily Mile’ session. The session allows the children some time out of their regular school day and work in the classroom, to run or walk around the school field and ensure they are keeping fit and active.
Oztumer said: ‘It was good, I enjoyed it and I managed to keep up with the kids. It’s quite interesting because I didn’t have anything like this when I was at school. It’s something that I enjoyed and hopefully the kids have enjoyed it too.’
In a day and age where children often opt to stay indoors and play on games consoles during a continuous era of technological development, Oztumer emphasised the importance of staying active and participating in sports where possible, particularly at a young age.
‘It’s really important for kids to stay active. Like I said, I didn’t have anything like this when I was at school and I think it’s great. The more activity, the better.’
‘When I was a kid, I was always on the streets and in the parks playing. Times have changed with games and consoles, but I certainly think kids should get out more and play sports.’
Professional footballers around the country often have to make community appearances throughout the season, and the former Walsall playmaker says he enjoys doing his bit.
‘I enjoy coming out into the community. Meeting young kids is great; we’re superstars to them really. It’s nice to be able to speak to them, and they usually have some funny questions to ask as well. I’ve really enjoyed the day, and hopefully if they’re not already, they can become Bolton supporters.’