Pupils at Harrogate High School this week visited the home of Leeds United, as part of a bid to ramp up their interest in writing.
Year 8 pupils welcomed former Coventry City striker Mick Ferguson before making the trip to Elland Road.
The visits was part of a Leeds United Foundation programme, aiming to increase pupil interest in literacy, and to inspire involvement and understanding through football.
Mr Ferguson, who also played for Birmingham City, is director of the LUFC foundation.
Pupils learned about his career in football through reading books about him and asking questions.
English teacher Amanda Reeve is a season ticket holder at the Championship club.
She explained: “Leeds United put a programme together and they base it around football and the history of LUFC and the players.
“They do activities based on the club.
A total of 15 of our Year 8s, aged 12-13 are involved.”
She explained how the Ainsty Road school became involved.
She said: “We were thinking of ways we could grab the attention of our students, and I knew about the work the club does in the community through the foundation and I knew they do programmes with schools so I contacted them.
“On Wednesday, they had a stadium tour and got to go pitch side and into the changing rooms.
“They also completed various literacy activities.”