Swindon Town pair Tyrese Shade and Sol Brynn were chosen to present certificates to a group of local school children for their bravery after finding a bag containing weapons and live ammunition in a local play park.
The incident happened around two weeks ago in Westlea Park, where two shotguns were recovered by police after the youngsters alerted their parents to the find.
Wiltshire Police are continuing their investigations and believe the weapons to have been discarded after a burglary.
The group of 11 school children, all aged 10, attend Westlea Primary School in the town, and they asked the football club if some players could attend and present certificates during a surprise assembly.
Following the short ceremony, Ty and Sol answered questions from the 150 children present on what it’s like to be professional footballers, before holding a separate Q&A and photo session with the children involved in the incident.
Westlea Primary Head Teacher, Sarah Sumner, said: “Both myself and the staff thought the visit was incredible and something all of the children will remember for a long time.
“It was great the children got to interact and ask the players questions and it was really beneficial in terms of promoting personal development, resilience and aspiration. It was an all-round fantastic experience.”
The children also received a visit from South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, West Swindon Police officers and councillor Suresh Gattapur to thank them and talk through the positive actions they took.