A Wolverhampton schoolgirl who turned her life around thanks to support from Wolves and the Premier League has had the chance to rub shoulders with the city’s footballing heroes.
Due to dedication to her school work – where she went from disruptive pupil to school prefect – Hannah Parker was selected to present Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo with his Premier League Manager of the Month award for September.
The year seven student at Moseley Park School, who received a signed ball in return from the Wolves boss, was also given a signed pair of boots from captain Conor Coady during her visit to the club’s Compton Park training ground.
Hannah said: “The head of my year seven is going to be really jealous because he’s a massive fan of Wolves. He’ll probably put me in detention till I give him the boots or show him them.”
The 11-year-old was chosen to hand Nuno the prestigious award after transforming her behaviour while at Lanesfield Primary School.
Now settled at her new secondary school, Hannah said: “I didn't like school because people had been mean to me and it made me misbehave.
“My behaviour was affecting my school work because I was back-chatting to the teachers, making silly noises and distracting people and then I would get sent out.”
That was when Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation and Premier League Primary Stars programme stepped in and Hannah began attending intervention lessons with Trust coach Scott Langford.
Following her attendance on the initiative, Hannah’s development led to her taking roles of responsibility and becoming a role model during her last year at the primary school, including being made a prefect, while she also took time out to help younger pupils with their reading and behaviour.
Claire Nokes, Hannah’s former teacher at Lanesfield Primary School, said the change in her behaviour was “massive”.
“She's really matured because she developed these skills through the work with Wolves and the levels that she's achieving for her English and her maths have gone through the roof.”
Hannah added: “I feel really proud because I've helped other people and it gave me an achievement along the way.”
Nuno received the award ahead of Unai Emery of Arsenal, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, after his newly-promoted Wolves side were undefeated throughout September.