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Smith Visits Local School For Reading The Game

16 March 2016

Defender Takes Questions At Mereside Primary

For more information on Shrewsbury Town in the Community's Reading the Game project, email or call 01743 289177.

"A big thank you to Dom for supporting the Reading the Game programme at Mereside CE Primary School.

"The children loved asking questions to Dom and finding out how a local lad made it into the Shrewsbury Town first team squad and became a Welsh international."
Neil Homer, Shrewsbury Town in the Community's education project leader, said:

"Being a Shrewsbury lad, you want to go into the community like you would have wanted to see players when you were a kid as well.

"Richard was a cracking teacher and helped me a lot growing up. He taught me how to work hard on and off the pitch.

"It's the town I was brought up in and I want to do it proud."
Smith said:

"It was only a dodgy dance that beat him in the talent show," said Mr Carr.

"As a school we wanted to enthuse children into reading and understand the reasons as to why it's important.

"When Neil Homer (primary education for Shrewsbury Town in the Community) came I asked if we could have Dom because I used him as an inspirational person within my teaching.

"He's a person that's very real to the children because they understand that he's from the Shrewsbury area, went to a Shrewsbury school and had made the thing he wants to to.

"At school he had talents in many areas. The biggest talent I would give him credit for is his attitude.

"Football-wise, it was always obvious from a very early age that he was talented.

"He played in midfield for our school and absolutely bossed everything. There was nothing that got past him.

"Dom's skills and abilities pulled our team up to the point where we were regional champions.

"We really appreciate him giving up his time."

Mr Carr revealed that Smith, when in year six, was able to keep up a ball for three minutes without touching the floor as he demonstrated in a school talent show.

Richard Carr, who teaches the year three and four pupils at the school, taught Smith at the Wilfred Owen school when he was younger.

The pupils at Mereside CE Primary School asked Smith a range of questions from who his favourite teacher was to who the hardest team he has played against was.

The 20-year-old, who recently signed a new contract with Town and has been called-up to the Wales Under-21s squad for their upcoming 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers, took time out of his morning to talk to the pupils.

Pupils at Mereside CE Primary School fired questions at Shrewsbury Town defender Dominic Smith on Wednesday morning when he visited as part of Shrewsbury Town in the Community's Reading the Game project.

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