Cherries star Dan Gosling has welcomed 60 Dorset schoolchildren to the Coles Miller Soccer Safety School at AFC Bournemouth.
Midfielder Dan - official player ambassador for the scheme - was at the Goldsands Stadium to watch the 6-7-year-olds from Winton Primary School learn vital safety tips through the medium of football.
Coles Miller Soccer Safety School helps to safeguard children by teaching them how to recognise and avoid dangers on the road and around the home.
Leading local law firm Coles Miller has teamed up with AFC Bournemouth and the LV=Streetwise interactive safety centre in West Howe for the project.
First the children learn important safety lessons at LV=Streetwise then those messages are reinforced through soccer training at AFC Bournemouth.
The Winton youngsters’ excitement was palpable as they arrived at the stadium and met the AFC Bournemouth players for safety training.
Winton Primary School Year Two Leader Carolyn McDevitte said the Coles Miller Soccer Safety School was “brilliant”.
She added: “The real life experiences at the safety centre are good for the children and they were very excited about their day at the stadium.”
The Winton youngsters were among more than 1,500 Dorset schoolchildren taking part in the county-wide safety initiative.
Dan Gosling said: “I’m really pleased to be a player ambassador for the Coles Miller Soccer Safety School.
“The AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust does excellent work in the local area with lots of different projects and this one is no different.
“Staying safe while out and about has always been an important thing for children to be aware of and it’s a message I want to help reinforce.
“I was always outside playing football when I was younger and was told that I needed to make sure I stayed safe and made responsible decisions.”
He added: “I have only heard good things about the project and the LV=Streetwise centre, so I’m looking forward to getting more involved in the future,” he added.
Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack said: “We’re very proud to be supporting this important safety initiative.
“LV=Streetwise with all its interactive scenarios is an excellent safety centre. I’ve been there many times to see all the good work the team does to help keep children safe.
“Teaming their safety training with the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust is great because the youngsters respond really well to the positive messages from the footballers.”
LV=Streetwise Chief Executive Alison Shelton said: “It’s genius: blending our fabulous footballers’ star status with streetwise common sense is a fantastic way to save lives!”