They may be coming up against each other for their respective nations on Monday night, but Everton teammates Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kurt Zouma worked together to give Longmoor Primary School pupils a cultural insight treat at USM Finch Farm.
The Everton in the Community session also saw Under-23s goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt join in the fun as the Blues trio helped the children learn more about the world in which we live as well as sharing details about their home countries and cultures.
Icelandic midfielder Sigurdsson, French defender Zouma and Polish shot-stopper Hewelt worked with the youngsters in three small groups and, as well as talking to them about day-to-day life back in their home nations, they also had the opportunity to introduce them to some traditional food and drinks from their respective countries and helped them identify where in the world their Toffees teammates were born.
Iceland’s record goalscorer Sigurdsson, whose side take on Zouma’s France in Paris on Monday, said: “It was nice to see the children and I hope they enjoyed the lesson. It was good to teach them about different countries and languages and it was a different session to one we have done before. Hopefully we helped to give the kids a day they will never forget.”
EitC Primary School Coordinator, Olivia Cardwell, added: “Football in education is pivotal with a lot of children, particularly in Liverpool where we live in such a football-mad city. Any opportunity we get to bring football into the classroom always benefits us because we capture the imagination of the children straightaway. Bringing the players into the lesson was priceless and the children loved having the opportunity to meet them.”
The Aintree-based primary school is one of Everton in the Community’s Premier League Primary Stars schools and sees the charity deliver a wide range of sessions to engage and inspire children across Merseyside.
Funded by the Premier League, the programme is delivered throughout the Premier League and provides opportunities for children aged 4-11 to access fun, high-quality sport sessions in schools.
During the 2017-18 season, Everton in the Community delivered the Premier League Primary Stars programme in more than 40 schools across Merseyside, engaging almost 1,300 children.
To find out more about Premier League Primary Stars visit https://plprimarystars.com/