Question time for footballer

Quizzed: Footballer Clarke Carlisle is still top of the class, according to the pupils at Southlands High School in Chorley

Quizzed: Footballer Clarke Carlisle is still top of the class, according to the pupils at Southlands High School in Chorley

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A high-profile footballer went back to school to pass on his sporting tips to youngsters at a Chorley high school.

Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle had perfect preparation for his guest appearance on television’s Question Time the following day by being quizzed by Southlands High School pupils last week.

The 31-year-old star fielded questions about his favourite ground, a footballer’s daily routine, his happiest memories, and also about footballers salaries.

Carlisle, who as a youngster excelled at Balshaw’s High School in Leyland gaining 10 A grades in his GCSE examinations, told the Guardian it was important to give something back to the community.

He said: “I have found that football covers so many topics which can be transferred to real life situations.

“For children, sport offers a great chance to take on board relevant points such as appreciating money and wanting to be your best.

“As part of our contracts we have to do some work in the community and I was really excited about coming to Chorley.

“It is great to speak to children from a similar background as me and trying to encourage them.”

The former England Under-21 international spoke to the children for 30 minutes about his career and his thoughts about the football.

Under new manager Eddie Howe at Burnley, Carlisle says the club are focused on returning to the Premier League.

Carlisle said: “Eddie is doing very well and often it can be difficult to make the transformation from Bournemouth in League One to the Championship.

“He has some great ideas and we have taken to it well. Hopefully we can push up the table from now and win matches.

“Many players in the team have played in the Premier League, and our goal is for automatic promotion. Until it is mathematically impossible, we will strive to do it. We have set our sights on returning to the top after last season and we won’t accept second best.”

Deputy headteacher Brian Souter said: “Clarke gave the students some excellent messages and summarised the need to aim high in all that they do.

“He also told them to make sure that they are adaptable and accept change in their work place.

“He will probably be coming back to speak to other classes too.”