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8th January 2010 at 00:00
Terry Smith

Who have we here?

Terry Smith is head of Greenfields Community School in the Meadows, Nottingham. The school recently invited Sven-Goran Eriksson to open the Christmas fair as the new director of football at the oldest professional football club in the country, Notts County.

That's quite a celebrity catch?

"He became the director last summer. It's just over the road and we thought we'd invite him in. He is keen to be involved in the community so he was keen to visit."

How are his ball skills?

"He didn't play football. He went into each one of the classrooms and had a picture with each class. We then took him back into the hall where he gave a speech and officially opened the fair. He was great, he stayed around and greeted everyone who came."

What was his speech about?

"He began saying how nice it was to be in school again. I didn't realise he taught - he started his career as a sports teacher. The children asked lots of questions and he was happy to answer them all. They asked what footballers he had met and worked with. We found out a lot - I also didn't realise he is the most successful England manager since Sir Alf Ramsey, who won the World Cup in 1966."

How did the kids take to him?

"The children were really interested in where he came from. The aspirations of our children are really low - we need to provide positive role models and Sven was excellent. Notts County has a Football in the Community programme, too, which is integrated into the curriculum and after school sessions. It's good for the kids, for the community and for schools."

Nottingham clearly loves him ...

"It's really good he's come here, he's the talk of the town. From Nottingham's point of view it puts us on the map; it's great for the city."

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