For Harry Kane, encouraging resilience and the power of positive thinking has become a personal mission.
So when a class of students at a primary school in north London were tasked with writing about their own experiences, Kane was so inspired he decided to pay them a shock visit.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker responded directly to several of the letters, as well as sharing his own personal stories around challenges and goal-setting, before hosting open sessions for the children to talk about their own targets and obstacles.
Some amazing reactions and learnings from the school children I met earlier this week. 🙌— Harry Kane (@HKane) February 10, 2023
It was great to see the work my Foundation is achieving with the @premierleague Primary Stars programme to transform a generation’s thinking around mental health. pic.twitter.com/TRldk5MN1s
Zamil, who received a personal certificate from Kane in response to his struggles with handwriting, said the moment will live with him forever.
“I felt my heart was racing, I didn’t know what to do,” he said of the moment Kane walked in.
“I’m going to frame [the certificate] and put it in my living room – so everyone can see it!”
The surprise was organised by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Harry Kane Foundation and Premier League Primary Stars to highlight the importance of helping young people explore their mental and emotional wellbeing during Children’s Mental Health Week.
Premier League Primary Stars inspires children to learn through the power of football in primary schools across England and Wales.
Free Premier League Primary Stars resources can be downloaded from www.plprimarystars.com.