Oxford United star joins school children as recycling project reaches full time

The children of Cholsey Primary School were joined by Oxford United midfielder Callum O’Dowda on Thursday (11 February), when he presented a signed shirt to the School. The visit marked the end of the children’s recent recycling themed project that was supported by both Grundon Waste Management and Oxford United Football Club.

Oxford United’s young starlet Callum O’Dowda presents a signed first team shirt to the children of Cholsey Primary School to celebrate the end of the recent ‘Recycling Week’ project

Local lad Callum, who is from nearby Kidlington, joined the children for a special assembly to present the signed shirt to the school. He also joined in a question and answer session with the children, during which he was asked a range of challenging questions, which included how many goals he has scored so far this season, to what he has for breakfast – which incidentally the answers to which were five goals so far this season and poached eggs on toast!

During January, representatives from Grundon, which has its headquarters in nearby Benson, visited the school to talk about the importance of recycling and waste management as part of the school’s first ‘Recycling Week’. The youngsters, from years one to six, were then asked to design a poster and write about waste and recycling.

From more than 250 entries, 56 lucky children were chosen, along with a parent or guardian, to attend Oxford United’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie against Championship side and former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers. The match took place at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday 30 January.

O’Dowda, who came through the club’s Centre of Excellence and was voted the Oxford United Young Player of the Season at the end of 2014/15, also told the children about how excited he was about the prospect of playing at Wembley in April. Only 48 hours earlier Callum was part of the team that clinched a place in the Johnstone’ Paint Trophy final against Barnsley.

Anthony Foxlee-Brown, marketing communications manager at Grundon Waste Management, who also attended the special assembly alongside O’Dowda, said: “It’s been fantastic to see how engaged the children have been in this project. The quality of the work that they have produced has been excellent. It’s also been fantastic working with the team at Oxford United, who have offered great support of this initiative. We hope that together we have managed to inspire the next generation of waste champions who will help to promote the importance of recycling and correct waste management.”

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