Bluebirds heroes Danny Ward and Jazz Richards gave pupils at Ely’s Herbert Thompson Primary School a helping hand with literacy and footballing skills, thanks to Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, the official Bluebirds Charity.

 

The pair delivered literacy and practical football coaching sessions to children from year 6, before signing programmes and posing for photographs. 

 

Having witnessed the work that the Foundation undertake on a daily basis, Jazz praised the project and the impact it has on the children who take part. 

 

"It’s been great to join in with the children here today taking part in a literacy session. The Foundation are doing amazing work in primary schools and you could see that today,” he said.

 

"Some of the children wrote and then read out a piece of commentary over a Cardiff City goal, it was impressive to watch."

 

The event was organised to mark 10 years of the Foundation changing lives, during which time it has invested over £10 million in sport and education programmes across south Wales. Through this work, the charity has supported over 230,000 children, young people and families to change their lives for the better.

 

We also welcomed Aron Gunnarsson to Brynnau Primary School on Monday, as City's No.17 was on hand to give out equipment to the children after they were recently awarded a Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack and take part in a Q&A session with every year group. 

 

Speaking at the event, Aron said: 

 

“The work that the Foundation at the moment is fantastic. Giving back to the community and helping children with their reading and writing skills is our pleasure as players to contribute towards.

 

“In the eight years I’ve been here, the Foundation has grown in positive way. The way they’ve helped children grow and get more confidence in reading and writing is vital.

 

“When I was younger, getting up in front of the class and speaking was always difficult and the way the Foundation help the children do that is so important.”

 

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and Cardiff City FC to inspire children across South Wales to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Foundation staff work with teachers to deliver fun, educational sessions to improve children’s reading and writing skills.

 

These practical sessions aim to increase participation in competitive sport and engage with more than 5,000 children from across 50 schools each year, often in disadvantaged communities.

 

Gavin Hawkey, Director of Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, said: 

 

“As the official charity of Cardiff City FC, we are able to use the appeal of football to inspire children, young people and families to achieve their full potential. Our club has been changing lives for ten years, and with the fans’ help help we can continue to change even more lives. If every fan donated just £1, it would make a huge difference to the charity and the amount of people we can help.”

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