Blues striker Arouna Kone was given his first experience of ‘dodgeball' earlier this week when he visited Springwood Heath Primary School earlier to take part in an Everton in the Community sports session.
The Ivory Coast international met Year Five and Year Six pupils as part of the Premier League Primary School programme which the Club's official charity have been delivering at the Allerton-based primary school for the past five years.
During his visit, 32-year-old Kone was quizzed by the children on the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle as well as answering some football related questions on his debut, toughest opponent and best goal he's scored to date. Once the Q&A session drew to a close, EitC coaches explained the rules of ‘dodgeball' to Kone before he joined the pupils in a series of games.
Taking to the new sport easily, the Toffees' forward rotated around the groups whilst the 30-strong class of children chanted his name and encouraged his team to victory.
At the end of the energetic sports lesson, Kone said:
“This is my first time of playing this game and I really enjoyed it. I will be teaching it to my own children and to my friends and family when I visit the Ivory Coast this summer. The children asked me some very interesting questions and I hope my answers helped them with their studies.”
Mick King, Everton in the Community's School Education Manager, added:
“We have been working with Springwood Heath Primary for over five years and it has been fantastic to bring Arouna into class today to meet them and reward them for their continued hard-work. He was great with the children and really got involved with the session, everyone left with big smiles on their faces.”
The Premier League Primary School Programme is funded through the Premier League Charitable Fund and provides opportunities for children aged 4-11 to access fun, high-quality sport sessions in schools. The programme provides community coaches to deliver age-appropriate PE sessions and sports sessions in schools as well as providing a pathway into competitive football opportunities for those who want them.
The Government's investment in primary school physical education aims to make a difference to the long-term health and wellbeing of children, as well as develop skills and confidence.