Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Primary Stars programme uses the unique appeal of Cardiff City to improve and enhance physical education and other curriculum areas, developing skills and values that are critical to success in later life.

One of the key areas the Primary Stars programme supports children is with the transition from primary to secondary school.

Ella was first involved with the Foundation as a Year 6 pupil in Millbank Primary School in Ely, taking part in the Transition Project alongside her friends and classmates.

As part of the Transition Project, the Foundation recently welcomed over 40 young people from secondary schools across the city to Cardiff City Stadium for a Wellbeing Day, allowing participants to learn more about the benefits of positive physical and mental health.

The Bluebirds Charity were joined by members of the Cardiff City FC first-team, Women's team and Academy who selected Ella as their standout young person from the day, whilst also hearing how positive and influential she has been in class since joining Cardiff West Community High School.

Ella's Mum, Tanya, said: 

Ella has always struggled with her self confidence and I was really worried about her transition to high school. The work that was done in primary school by the Foundation, including all the transition events, really helped Ella meaning her move to high school went smoothly. 
Ella has always had a passion for football and as well as playing she loves to watch Cardiff City. Being a mascot was like a dream come true for her and she was 'buzzing' when she found out she was rewarded with a mascot place. She loved meeting all the players.

James, Ella's mentor on the Transition Project, said:

"Since working with Ella, I've seen a huge development in her personality and leadership skills in school time. The transition from primary to secondary school can often be difficult, but Ella has embraced the change and she should be proud of what she's achieved so far."

The Transition Project is part of the Foundation's Primary Stars Programme, which helps children and young people achieve their full potential through literacy, P.E and PHSE sessions.