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Portsmouth footballer coaches U12s side after league match frozen off

Portsmouth's Christian Burgess (left) helped coach an U12's side. Credit: @w_chitty/Twitter

When your match gets cancelled because of a frozen pitch, most footballers might consider taking the day off - but not Portsmouth's Christian Burgess.

The defender helped coach an Under 12s side after putting out an appeal on Twitter for something to do when Pompey's League Two game against Crawley Town was called off on Saturday.

Will Chitty, coach of Skilful Soccer Youth Under-12s, tweeted the offer to the 25-year-old, who replied that he would "be there in five".

True to his word, Burgess headed to the park and spent time coaching the youngsters and posing for photos, surprising Will and his team at Bransbury Park in Portsmouth.

Will told ITV News: "I saw that Burgess tweeted out and I thought I would put in a cheeky request.

"I thought it would be a laugh for the people who follow me and that would be the end of it, I didn't think he would come.

"But then about half an hour into the session he turned up, I couldn't believe it."

The defender did a quick Q&A with the youngsters before putting them through their paces with some drills straight off the training ground.

"The lads absolutely loved it," said Pompey season ticket holder Will. "They were trying their best for him."

Burgess spent around an hour at the park, even staying to watch the team play in a match.

"It was really good of him to do that," said Will. "I wouldn't even normally expect him to respond to one of my tweets."

Will tweeted his "massive thanks" to the player for his time, while Burgess praised the coach, saying it is "people like him who give up their time week in week out who deserve our respect".

An afternoon of coaching wasn't the only offer the defender had after his Saturday plans got cancelled.

Opportunistic fans also offered him the chance to do some interior decorating, play a game of Fifa and cut down a tree.

His generosity was also praised by many people on social media.