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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Children inspired to learn by Everton duo

Joel Robles and Gerard Deulofeu go back to school to motivate kids to learn Spanish

  • Gerard Deulofeu and Joel Robles displayed their cooking skills

  • The player visit had a big impact on the schoolchildren

Everton's Spanish duo Joel Robles and Gerard Deulofeu helped inspire a class of budding linguists when they visited a local Liverpool school recently.

The pair, who joined the Toffees last summer, joined the class of six-seven year-olds for a celebration of Spanish culture. The youngsters took part in a dance class and food tasting session while they were also able to make their own Spanish dish.

Robles and Deulofeu then displayed their cooking talents by helping the children make a chocolate and biscuit cake called 'Tarta de la abuela' - which is also known as Grandma’s Cake.

"The students now all want to learn to speak Spanish 'like Joel and Gerry' - what a motivation"
Kathryn Morton

The player visit was organised to help the youngsters understand how learning a second language can improve their future prospects and meeting the Everton stars certainly had an effect on the children.

"The children and staff were absolutely thrilled with our special guests," said Spanish teacher Kathryn Morton. "This has definitely been a memorable experience for the children and I guess it will be the topic of conversation for quite a while.

"Joel and Gerard certainly made a few more fans and the session really helped with getting the children on board with languages through their love of football.

"The students now all want to learn to speak Spanish 'like Joel and Gerry' - what a motivation."

The hook of the Premier League and its clubs to engage youngsters in educational linguistic activities is also highlighted by the Premier League’s Premier Skills project, which as well as training grassroots coaches and referees around the world, also provides resources to help students learn English.

To find out more about Premier Skills, which is run in partnership with the British Council, click here >>

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Key Points

  • Joel Robles and Gerard Deulofeu visit a primary school in Liverpool to help inspire youngsters to learn Spanish
  • Spanish pair help children cook a chocolate and biscuit cake
  • Visit hailed as a motivation for the youngsters