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Jack Butland visits Holiday Camp

Jack Butland surprised children at a Palace for Life Easter Holiday Camp by chatting to them via video link and finding out how they had been spending their holidays.

Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland met children at a Palace for Life Foundation holiday camp, appearing via video link after training to answer their questions and hear how they had been spending their Easter Holidays.

Butland was greeted by the excited group of youngsters who had prepared several questions for him to answer, such as who his best friend at Palace was and is playing in goal is the hardest position on the pitch?!

Speaking about meeting the children and the importance of the holiday courses, Butland said: “It was great to meet all the children albeit through a video link and see how much fun they were having and how happy they were!

“Courses like this are so important as they make sure children can have a healthy hot meal every day, whilst getting active and socialising with friends – something they may have missed out on over the last year.”

The holiday camp ran at Heavers Farm Primary School, just down the road from Selhurst Park, with 60 children aged five to 11 attending each day. Activities ranged from football and tennis to laser tag and science workshops learning about space and making slime! All children also received a hot, healthy lunch each day.

Community Sports Manager at Palace for Life Roxanne Bennett explained was particularly important: “We want children to enjoy their time with us, have fun and make new friends, but we also wanted to encourage them to eat healthily, learn new things and take part in daily exercise.

“It was fantastic to have Jack with us and tell the children about his football journey. He’s a real role model for them to look up to.”

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