Footballers help pupils score in the kitchen

Oxford Mail: U’s star Josh Ruffles leads a cookery session with Matthew  Arnold School pupils Shoaib Araf, Matty Wild and James Lambert. Pictures: OX64077 Ed Nix Buy this photo » U’s star Josh Ruffles leads a cookery session with Matthew Arnold School pupils Shoaib Araf, Matty Wild and James Lambert. Pictures: OX64077 Ed Nix

OXFORD United players have caused a stir among youngsters at a special open day.

The footballers were taking part in Unipart’s Talent Factory programme and open day with a group of 14 to 16-year-olds from Matthew Arnold School, St Gregory the Great Catholic School and the Oxford Academy.

Young people enjoyed a day of sports and work-based activities including cooking on Tuesday.

The event began at the company’s base in Cowley and ended at the Oxford Academy.

Luke Hewitt, 14, from the Oxford Academy, said: “I loved it, it was brilliant – it has been good working with the other schools. The coach from Oxford United Football Club has taught us better techniques for passing.”

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Luke Hewitt 

United players taking part were Max Crocombe, Josh Ruffles, Johnny Mullins and Matt Bevans.

James Lambert, 14, had a go at cooking and said: “We took a fairly relaxed style to cooking, a bit like Jamie Oliver.

“It has been really good fun working with Josh. He knows what he is doing and we got a chance to chat about how he got into football while we were cooking.”

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