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Rodrigo gives Leeds schoolchildren lesson on Spanish culture

2 Mar 2021
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Leeds United forward helps Lane End Primary School pupils learn about different cultures

Giving children the chance to learn about diversity and other cultures is an important part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

And to help bring that learning to life, Leeds United's Spanish forward Rodrigo recently paid a virtual visit to three Spanish classes at Lane End Primary School, which is located in the shadow of Elland Road.

The 29-year-old answered questions from the children about his homeland, which were asked in his native tongue, as well as helping the youngsters with their Spanish vocabulary.

"It's really important for the children to understand the differences between their culture and culture of other people so that there's more acceptance of other people," said teacher Jon Forsythe.

"So they can ask questions of each other's culture as well to understand a bit more why people do different things in different ways."

Rodrigo also spoke about his school life and stressed the importance of studying and working hard.

Good memories

"I was a good student," he said. "I tried. I still have a very good relationship with my friends from school in Spain and Brazil.

"School is an important part of life because you grow a lot, you learn a lot and you also create good memories from the rest of your life."

The Premier League is committed to ending racism in football and wider society and as part of that commitment, PL Primary Stars No Room For Racism resources are available to download for free.

The resources teach pupils about the negative impacts of racism and what we can do to tackle it, while there are films from professional football players who celebrate cultural diversity in the game.

Download: No Room For Racism resources

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