Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander gave the port’s sporting youngsters high praise at an awards ceremony this week.
The manager attended the ceremony at Fleetwood High School which highlighted the achievements of pupils from schools across Fleetwood.
The Fleetwood Town manager watched a number of displays including gymnastics and dance, and from a number of other sport teams to celebrate the occasion which saw Year 10 student Zowie Ralphs pick up the Sports Personality award for her commitment to sport in and outside of school.
The 41-year-old Town boss was full of praise for the pupils achievements over the course of the year.
He said: “It was a great evening.
“I remember these events from my school days and they are big nights for the kids involved.
“They work hard all year round, they’re enthusiastic about their sport and their school and to be acknowledged is a big thing.
“We speak to our club apprentices that go to college. Even though they are full time footballers it is important that they carry on their education.
“You need education for every walk of life, it is important and has to run alongside all the sporting achievements.
“I think it is important that there is a strong link there between the schools, the community and the football club because we are all apart of the same team and that is representing Fleetwood.”
Fleetwood High headteacher Richard Barnes added: “It’s really important in the town of Fleetwood that people have aspirations to go on and succeed because they can achieve what they want in life.
“It’s amazing as Fleetwood played their first season in the Football League.
Zowie Ralphs, 15, picked up the Sports Personality award and said: “Just strive to achieve and do your personal best because that is the only way you will get to be where you want to be.”