Nottingham Forest duo Andy Reid and Jack Hobbs performed the official opening of a school’s new gymnasium yesterday.
Ambergate Sports College, part of Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship, invited the players to cut the ribbon on the facility.
And Hobbs was thrilled to be part of the day.
He told nottinghamforest.co.uk: “It’s great to be involved in things like this – to be able to give something back.
“But it’s also quite humbling. To see the smiles the new gym has put on the pupils’ faces is amazing. It’s a great facility for them and it was an honour for Reidy and me to represent the club by conducting the official opening.
“A lot of time and money has gone into this project and to see that it’s all paid off is fantastic.”
Ann White, principal in charge of schools for GANF, was delighted to invite the Forest pair to the grand opening.
She said: “It’s fantastic that the boys have taken the time to come down here and meet the children. Just looking at the kids' faces shows how much it means to them.
“We’ve raised £22,000 in 18 months to fund this project thanks to £10,000 in lottery funding and the help of investors. We’re so grateful to everyone who has been involved.
“This will make such a difference to the children’s lives. It will give every age group a fantastic new facility in which to complete their physical education activities."