Bluebird heroes Bobby Decordova-Reid, Leandro Bacuna, Sean Morrison and Joe Ralls gave pupils at both Abercerdin and Penllwyn Primary Schools a helping hand with their footballing skills, thanks to Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, the official Bluebirds charity.

 

The events were 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.

 

Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) 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.

 

Pupils in both schools were lucky enough to have a surprise visit from the Bluebirds stars this week, who delivered a practical football coaching sessions to children from years 5 and 6.  

Bluebirds forward, Bobby Decordova-Reid said:


"It was great to witness the work that the Foundation carry out in the community and I’m glad that we could be a part of it.

 

“We always want to give back to the community and put smiles on faces of the kids, it’s great to see the Club giving back.”

 

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

 

Emma Jones, Headteacher at Penllwyn Primary School, said:

 

“We cannot thank the Foundation, Bobby and Leandro enough for today’s visit, the positive impact it has had on the children will live with them for years to come.

 

“Being able to look up to the players and coaches gives the children inspiration to work hard and achieve as much as they can.” 

 

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Foundation is launching a fundraising appeal to help ensure it can continue to support children to improve their reading and writing skills, and provide access to sport for disabled children.

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Gavin Hawkey, Foundation 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.”