Soccer star visits school

7 months ago Mon 9th Mar 2020

AFCB star Dan Gosling, rear, with pupils from Parkfield School

Children at Parkfield School got a kick out of one special lesson when AFC Bournemouth midfield star Dan Gosling came to visit with a Yellow Bus.

Gosling is player ambassador for the Cherries Community Sports Trust’s Soccer Safety School that is driving safety lessons into classrooms.

Yellow Buses is a sponsor and helping the club visit schools in the community where youngsters are taught how to stay safe.

Three Year 6 classes at the school next to Bournemouth Airport in Hurn met midfield maestro Gosling and even got to play football with him.

Steve Cuss, the club’s head of community, has developed the programme – now in its fifth year – that is proving a hit across the conurbation.

He said: “Together with Yellow Buses, we have been bringing fun safety lessons to schools for five years now and have reached many hundreds of youngsters.

“The Soccer Safety School highlights the risks and dangers that children face when out playing.

“These involve road safety, which is something that Yellow Buses are experts in.

“We all want our children to be healthy and fit but we also want them to remain safe when they’re playing.

“The visits are great fun and the children got to play some football and learn a few skills.”

Gosling said: “It was great to meet all the children and see them hone their football skills as well as learning some valuable life lessons.

“I’m used to answering questions from journalists but these children really threw me with some of theirs!

“It was great to see their enthusiasm and even those who said they weren’t into football really got involved.”

Fiona Harwood, from Yellow Buses, said: “These safety lessons have been a huge success over the last few years and hopefully what the youngsters learn will stay with them for life.”