Here is what happened when West Ham United captain Mark Noble and Brighton & Hove striker Bobby Zamora paid a surprise visit to schoolchildren on the Kingsland campus, in the Central Bedfordshire town of Houghton Regis where they and former England captain Rio Ferdinand are planning a major new sport-led regeneration scheme. The Kingsland Legacy project will link a sporting academy with new homes, jobs, skills, education and community facilities in order to improve the lives and prospects of young people.
Mark and Bobby wanted learn more about the area, the community and listen to the kids' hopes and aspirations for the scheme before taking part in a friendly 5-a-side match.
The project is a partnership between Central Bedfordshire Council, the footballers' new development company, the Legacy Foundation, and the Government's Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) area.
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This video was filmed and edited in-house by the Central Bedfordshire Council Communications team.
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