owls star Michail Antonio saw how young healthy heroes are getting match fit in a new project.
The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder spoke to youngsters at Carfield Primary School, Meersbrook, as part of a healthy heart initiative run by the club’s community programme.
He was one of the first squad players to find out how youngsters are enjoying physical activity sessions, games, cooking and dancing.
Parent and teacher feedback forms will look at the lifestyle changes made by pupils, as well as spreading the healthy heart message into the community.
Adrian Digby, deputy headteacher, said: “The pupils were excited to meet Michail - we have quite a few Wednesday fans so they got his autograph.
“We were awarded the funding because of our commitment to after-school activities and also healthy school status.”
A £5,200 grant from Heart Research UK, based in Yorkshire, and sandwich franchise Subway, has funded the Love Hearts programme.
Hundreds of primary school youngsters in Shiregreen, Heeley and Chapeltown will also take part in the 11-week scheme aimed at combating rising obesity in children.
Andrea Hudson, programme funding officer, said: “We aim to engage pupils with lifestyle messages they will never forget and with the help of professional football players from Sheffield Wednesday I’m sure it will be a great success.
“We would once again like to thank Heart Research UK for this wonderful opportunity.”
Carbrook School will also auction off signed Owls shirts for Red Nose Day today.