CLARETS players Ashley Barnes and Michael Duff scored a success with students at Burnley High School.
The two Burnley players took time out from training to be guests of honour at a presentation ceremony at the Padiham Road school.
They called in to hand over awards to year eight pupils who came top in a competition to design a fantasy football app for phones and tablets.
Teacher Chris Mason, who led the project, said: “The pupils have been working really hard on the creation of the app for a device.
“With input from mathematics, science and computing the apps have been really successful. The pupils have published the apps onto their devices at home and they now can enjoy and share the work they have produced.
“We are really proud of the work that the pupils have produced with some of the apps created to a professional standard. The pupils have really engaged in the project and we hope we have inspired them to become next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.”
The players presented the first prize to Charley (correct) Turner, with Angus Brown runner up and Byron Curry taking the third place award.
Keen Burnley fan Angus said: “It was a really fun and interesting project. We incorporated everything from graphics to football fitness and from the effects of smoking to team and individual statistics.”
Ashley and Michael also took part in a question and answer session with the school’s pupils.
Earlier in the week students had been guests of the club for the match against Fulham when they took part in an indoor training session, formed the guard of honour for the players and played a match on the Turf Moor pitch during the half-time interval.