AFC Fylde on the ball helping local pupils beat the bullies!
AFC Fylde Community Foundation are helping to beat the bullies at their own game.
The organisation has put its weight behind Anti-Bullying Week in a positive bid to drive down intimidating behaviour amongst local youngsters.
The Foundation recently hosted an inspirational event at St Peters CE Primary School in Chorley, supported by AFC Fylde first team players.
They spoke to the children with passion about how there is zero tolerance on the pitch or within the sporting world for bullying and harassment.
The players emphasised the damage and hurt that such oppressive behaviour can cause, sharing their own personal experiences.
Alongside meeting and listening to the footballers, the children made pledges to them that they would never personally bully anyone.
As part of the powerful anti-bullying workshop, the pupils discussed the important part everyone can play in ensuring there is no space for threatening behaviour within the football or local community. Each class took part in team building and friendship sessions giving the unforgettable day even more added momentum.
Foundation Senior Sports Co-Ordinator Dan Cookson places enormous importance on the role of his organisation in educating youngsters on the dangers of bullying.
He said: “We take great pride in supporting Anti-Bullying Week. To be able to attend a primary school alongside first team players makes a huge impact on the children.
“Naturally, they look up to professional footballers and listen intently to what they have to say. For the players to talk about their own personal experiences and encourage them to take a stand against bullying is a hugely powerful message and one I’m delighted we could be part of delivering.”
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