Children from Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough surprised Tony Pulis with cake and balloons this week to celebrate the Boro boss’ birthday.
Priory Woods is a school for children with a wide range of special educational needs from the age of four to 19.
Eleven pupils who regularly attend the after-school football session delivered by MFC Foundation were treated to a VIP tour of the training facilities at Rockliffe.
The children spent the morning taking part in resilience exercises, testing their problem-solving skills and hand speed.
They were then given a behind-the-scenes tour of the training facilities, including the indoor sports hall, gymnasium, boot room, kit room, first team dressing room and the media suite.
Dropping down to pitch level, the group got to watch their heroes in action up close and personal as the team trained right in front of them, before getting the chance to collect some autographs from the players.
And at the end of the session, the children presented manager Tony Pulis with a football-shaped birthday cake, with the Boro boss celebrating his 61st birthday today.
Lee Grace, MFC Foundation’s Disability Coordinator said: “The children have been excited about this visit for weeks, and they had a truly fantastic day meeting the players.
“The teachers have been very positive with their feedback about the trip, and I know that some of the children will be talking about the day for a long, long time!”