Josh Wright and Bradley Pritchard recently visited Chingford C of E Primary School
The O’s pair spoke to around 100 pupils and they enjoyed answering a number of questions that the children had planned to ask their special guests.
Pritchard explained that where he grew up in Zimbabwe, they were only aware of two football teams, Manchester United and Liverpool, so he decided to support Man United from a young age.
One of the pupils, Grace, asked: “What has been the highlights of your careers?” Pritchard answered: “Getting promoted to The Championship with Charlton definitely has been the highlight of my career. To experience that with the team and with the fans was incredible, something I will never forget.”
Wright said: “For me, scoring against Man United in a cup game has to be the best moment of my career.”
Lucy Smith, the goalkeeper for the girls’ football team at Chingford School asked the players to share with the room a selection of their dream football team and Pritchard took no time to answer, “Messi, Zidane and the original Ronaldo.”
The O’s players spoke to the children about the importance of education , Pritchard has had a very unique path into football as he actually finished school and University before making it as a professional footballer. One of the pupils asked what the players would do if they wasn’t footballers, Pritchard said, “I would probably work in business or law, that would be cool. I went to University and started football quite late, I worked hard to get qualifications before football.”
Wright said: “I always had my sights set on playing football, but you do have to be prepared because unfortunately you never know when it is going to end, but my ideal job after football would be to work in media or TV.”
Wright called two big Orient fans to the front of the room before taking a selection of students out to play football in the playground. Pritchard could not participate as he had an injury, but he stood from the sidelines to watch Wright have a kick about with the excited pupils.
Wright said: “It was a privileged to come and chat to the pupils today. It is important to talk to the children as they look up to us. They were so excited, I really enjoyed the day.”
Pritchard said: “It was a pleasure to come and visit today. We had some great questions and some important one. It was good to be able to talk to them about the importance of working hard at school. It is important to help them learn that football as a career is not always easy.”