Children across South Wales welcomed some special guests to their classrooms this week, as Alex Smithies, Josh Murphy and Greg Cunningham connected with Glyncoed, Pencaerau and Treorchy Primary Schools. 

Alex and Josh enjoyed discussing the importance of resilience, self-esteem and having a positive attitude in all aspects of life, whilst explaining how these are important to them as professional footballers. The children left no question unasked during the q&a with plenty of smiles and laughs following an important lesson. 

Children involved in the session take part in the Premier League Primary Stars project, which uses the appeal of the Premier League and Cardiff City Football Club to inspire children across South Wales to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play.

Meanwhile, Greg Cunningham visited Year 4 pupils in Pencaerau Primary School and got involved in their anti-bullying week discussions.

Greg was asked by year 4 pupils about the importance of kindness and equality before discussing how bullying can have a negative impact on people at school. 

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed having a role model like Greg take part in such an memorable and important lesson.

This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge. Anti-Bullying Week is no different.

Bullying has a long-lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and teachers, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.