Following his ‘Community Participant of the Year Award’, Callum Gyde received the surprise of his life as his hero paid him a visit at the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks session in Caerphilly.

 

City’s No.13 gave up his evening to spend time with Callum, as well as take part in the session that’s held in Caerphilly Leisure Centre every Thursday. The whole session was filmed by the BBC and was aired on Sunday 26th August on Match of the Day and is now available to view on the BBC Sport website.

 

Since attending our Kicks sessions, Callum’s confidence and development has improved drastically. He first arrived after being kicked out of school before his teachers knew of his conditions, as Callum was eventually diagnosed with autism and discovered that he had part of his brain missing.

 

However, over the past 12 months, the Foundation has been dedicated to helping Callum achieve his full potential. He’s started school – sitting his first set of exams – and has grown in confidence, outlining the importance of the Foundation’s aim to change lives using the appeal of Cardiff City Football Club.

Callum's Mum, Margret said: “Without the Foundation he wouldn’t be who he is today. The coaches and everyone at the 'Kicks' sessions have installed self belief and continue to encourage him to do what he thought he couldn’t. He never had this support before coming here, it’s just given him the confidence and self belief to achieve more in life."

You can read Callum's full story, here.