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Redknapp goes back to school

The former England footballer and current Sky TV pundit, Jamie Redknapp, dropped in for a visit at St John’s RC High School in Dundee yesterday after his final practice round at Kingsbarns ahead of this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Jamie, whose 16 year professional career included spells with Liverpool and Tottenham, met St John’s head teacher Fiona Mclagan and observed a training session with the senior boys’ football team. He then shared some of his own experiences of his younger playing days with the lads, took questions and joined the squad for a photocall.

The St John’s senior team is on a high after an unbeaten league season which they capped off by winning the Scottish Schools’ Football Association Senior Boys Shield at Hampden Park in April this year.

Jamie, who is playing alongside Rikard Karlberg at this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, said he was inspired by the visit, saying: “I was delighted to meet the lads and tell them a bit about my journey in my teen years. Focus and hard work is so vital for those who are seeking to get to the next level, whether it’s football or any other worthwhile pursuit in life.

“It was also great to meet some of the teachers behind the team and hear all about their fantastic run last season. It’s always inspiring to see such dedication from so many people. I wish St John’s further success over this season and in years to come.”