St John Fisher High School in Wigan hosted a retirement assembly for Sacred Heart Primary School teacher Lawrence Hoy this week.
Over 300 past and present pupils attended the assembly to celebrate his 44 years of working at the school.
Former Wigan Athletic captain and current co-commentator Neil Rimmer was also on hand at the assembly to present Mr Hoy with a signed and framed Wigan Athletic football shirt on behalf of the club and Community Trust.
Mr Hoy has been a great supporter of Wigan Athletic Community Trust since the club began working with the community from Springfield Park in the 1990s.
During his time at the school, Mr Hoy has worked alongside the Trust to deliver a number of after school football clubs and curriculum coaching to all year groups.
He assisted in the setting up of the Latics Literacy project in 2008, with classes from Sacred Heart taking part in the pilot group who were first involved with the project. The school has continued to partake in the project since, with 18 classes from Years 4 and 5 having been involved over the past 8 years.
Most recently, Mr Hoy has continued his support of the Community Trust through the Enterprise project. The project, which included a behind the scenes tour of the DW Stadium, has been delivered to two Year 6 classes from Sacred Heart this year.
Tom Flower, Head of Community, said: ‘Mr Hoy has always been a great supporter of the work that the Community Trust has completed; it is people like him that give us the opportunity to do as much work within local schools and the rest of the community as possible.’
Everyone at the Community Trust would like to wish Mr Hoy well in his retirement, and thank him once again for his continued support of the work the Trust completes.