Yellows and Cherries put safety first
5 months ago
Children at Avonwood Primary School got a kick out of one special lesson when AFC Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling came to visit on a Yellow Coach.
Gosling is player ambassador for the Cherries Community Sport Trust’s Soccer Safety School that is driving safety lessons into classrooms.
Yellow Buses – which owns Yellow Coaches – is a sponsor and helping the club visit schools in the community where youngsters are taught how to stay safe.
Three classes at the Bournemouth school met midfield maestro Gosling, as well as Yellows’ mascot Buster Bear.
Steve Cuss, the club’s head of community, has developed the programme that is proving a hit across the conurbation.
He said: “Together with Yellow Buses we have been bringing fun safety lessons to schools for four years now – and we are still looking for new schools to join.
“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.”
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.
“Children are far better off outside playing and if we can make that safer for them, then it is of benefit for everyone.”
Fiona Harwood, from Yellow Buses, said: “The children love meeting a Premier League star – although our coach was almost as popular.
“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.”
Chris Jackson, Avonwood Headteacher, explained that road safety is an important aspect when teaching children key life skills.
He said: “Combining the expertise of Yellow Buses with the profile of AFCB created a unique community opportunity to raise the profile of these vital road safety skills.”