As Peter Whittingham took centre stage with an injury time penalty in Saturday’s victory over Bolton Wanderers, there was a young man from Llangynwyd Primary School similarly taking centre stage, but for very different reasons.
Liam, a year 6 pupil at Llangynwyd Primary was attending Cardiff City’s fixture vs. Bolton Wanderers as part of the schools ticket initiative offered by the club and the Foundation, in turn taking in the atmosphere of Foundation Day 2016 that coincided with this fixture.
Liam was initially invited along to enjoy the game, but was then provided the opportunity to present to Anthony Pilkington with his PFA Player in the Community Award for the 2015/16 season.
This award represents the volume and quality of player visits in the local community carried out by Anthony over the course of the season, and it was fitting that Liam should present Anthony with the award as it is from his and fellow first team players donations that have made it possible for Liam to engage within a project delivered by the Foundation at his school.
The project that Liam has engaged with is our All Skilled Up Literacy project. The project utilises the unique brand of Cardiff City Football Club as a means of engaging year 5 & 6 pupils in Bridgend, RCT, Merthyr & Torfaen in literacy based lessons and physical activities delivered by Foundation staff.
The project itself is funded by the Premier League and Professional Footballers Association and uniquely match funded by the Cardiff City players annual wage donation as part of Foundation Day. Upon handing the award to Anthony, Liam was also able to thank him and his fellow first team players for pledging his wage to make the project possible.
On the day Liam followed a question and answer session with some of our Foundation beneficiaries and partners including his teacher Mr. Volaseuk by showcasing some of the skills he has learnt during the course of the literacy project.
Following his time engaging with us Liam wrote a poem that he then read out to over fifty of our Foundation Day guests and in turn received a well deserved standing ovation from all those in the room.
His teacher Mr. Volaseuk provided the following kind words about his school’s experience with the literacy project to date:
‘Taking part in the literacy project has been extremely beneficial for the children of Llangynwyd primary school. The project brings a lot of fun into the children’s learning and caters to the broad range of needs of children from a wealth of different backgrounds.
It has helped the children to realise the real world value of literacy and how these essential skills could help them later in life.
Having the association with Cardiff City Football Club has significantly increased the profile of the subject and having the opportunity for the players to reinforce this message has been invaluable.’
This was not the end of the day for Liam as he was then invited by Club Chief Executive Ken Choo to watch the fixture from the Chairman’s Suite and at the end of the fixture taken to meet the first team players and tell them about his involvement within the project.
Here’s what Liam had to say about his involvement in the literacy project:
‘The literacy project has provided some of the most fun literacy sessions in school and seeing how the skills I’ve learnt in English can be used to help me write match reports, commentate on matches and write modern poems has inspired me greatly.’
From all of us at the Foundation we would like to thank Llangynwyd Primary School for their involvement in Foundation activity this academic year and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.
Interested in finding out more about our All Skilled Up Literacy project and how it may benefit your school? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.