Rovers players bring the excitement of football to the school classroom

October 02 2018

BRISTOL Rovers players went back to school to help put the excitement of football into learning.

Midfielder Liam Sercombe and defenders Tom Broadbent and Michael Kelly were surprise guests at Emersons Green Primary School to help Year 6 pupils as they took part in an interactive geometry lesson.

Their visit was part of the Super Movers project, a partnership between the Premier League and BBC which aims to inspire primary school children to get active and learn in a fun and engaging environment.

The lesson was streamed live from Manchester City’s Etihad Campus, home to the champions’ stadium and football academy.

Liam, Tom and Michael helped the 60 Emersons Green pupils with the hands-on part of the football-themed lesson, estimating, measuring and calculating as they were introduced to key geometric concepts.

Head teacher Karl Hemmings said: “The players were amazing. They were so patient and friendly with our children, and I could see how excited the students were to have them as surprise guests at our school.

“I know how important the community trust is and the work that they do in Bristol, especially with young people, and I’m really proud to be working with a real community club like Bristol Rovers.”

The community trust visits over 13 schools and engages with nearly 400 children every week in a variety of academic, physical and health and dietary activities. 

The Super Movers project brings stars from the worlds of football and television together to help deliver routines that focus on key literacy and numeracy skills, ranging from fractions and times tables to punctuation. 

Bristol Rovers Community Trust Primary Stars Lead Abbie Jones said: “These live, online lessons produced by the BBC are a great way of engaging with primary students. The academic exercises are designed to be delivered using a football theme and the physical activities are a perfect way to encourage students to keep active.”