Youngsters Aid In Staplewood Renovation

By SFC Media time Thu 05 Jul Club

A group of lucky children have been helping to give Saints' Staplewood training ground an artistic touch ahead of the First Team's return.

The Saints Foundation invited pupils from two nearby schools to help paint murals on walls surrounding the pitch on which the likes of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana will prepare for life in the Barclays Premier League.

Nigel Adkins' squad are currently away from Staplewood as they get set to begin a testing schedule of pre-season fixtures, and will be welcomed back by some stunning artwork when they return next week.

The 37 youngsters spent Tuesday working with visual artists Urban Canvas to play their part in the renovation of the Saints training ground.

The new artwork features imagery of Saints stars including Jos Hooiveld and Tadanari Lee, plus the Saints crest and Barclays Premier League logo.

Jazz Bhatti, Funded Projects Manager at Saints Foundation, said: "We've done tremendously well to be able to source Urban Canvas, who are very talented artists.

"They have produced some fantastic designs for us that incorporate the new season ahead, with the Premier League logos going on and some of the images from last season so the players can remember where we were and hopefully where we're heading to.

"We're very limited in terms of what we can offer local school children in terms of the development going on here [at Staplewood], but when this opportunity was presented to the schools they grasped at it with two hands.

"The children absolutely enjoyed the experience that they got, and I'm sure this will do a lot for the players' self-esteem - though that's probably not low at the moment with all the success we've had!

"It's going to create a good environment for them to work in day-in and day-out, and is something for them to enjoy.

"It's there because we appreciate all the work that they've done, and it's given them a fantastic environment to work in."

A video feature explaining artwork that the children worked on at the training ground can be found on Saints Player.

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