Stevenage legends back Lea Sports
Stevenage legends Paul Fairclough and Sam Sodje showed their support for Hertfordshire-based youth team Lea Sports P.S.G FC under-14s by running an exclusive training session on Tuesday (17 April) evening.
Held by the Sodje Sport Foundation (SSF), an initiative run by the famous sporting Sodje brothers to create educational opportunities for youngsters in Nigeria and England, and Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, the event saw England C boss Paul put the young squad through their paces, with Notts County defender Sam casting his eye over proceedings.
Paul, who famously led Stevenage to historic FA Cup ties against Birmingham City and Newcastle United during the late 90s, and Sam, a current Nigeria international, then took part in a Q&A session.
Quizzed by the Lea Sports players and coaches, they both talked about their time in the non-league game, and discussed the different experiences they’ve had at international level.
Reflecting on the training session, Paul commented: “Everybody at Lea Sports should be extremely proud of the set up they have. All of the players were very responsive and took on board the advice I passed on. It was a pleasure working with such a tight-knit group, and I wish them the very best of luck for the rest of the season.”
The event concluded with Lea Sports president Steve Smith and manager Jez Webb presenting Steve Sodje, a former non-league footballer and the SSF’s founder, and Sam with a host of unused kit and boots, which will now be shipped out to Nigeria.
On receiving the items, Sam said: “The boys at Lea Sports showed a really positive attitude throughout the training session, and were very bright during the Q&A session. The SSF is glad to show its support for the team, and we can’t thank them enough for the kit they’ve donated to us.”