Launched just six months ago, there are currently six schools signed up to take part in the Leeds Children University, benefitting more than 400 children across the city.
Leeds Children’s University is part of the nationwide Children’s University Trust, of which more than 100,000 children are members. The initiative, based at Leeds Trinity University, aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged seven to 14.
During his visit to Leeds Trinity University, James met with pupils who are all taking part in the initiative from; Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, St Philip’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School and Richmond Hill Primary School.
He was joined by a team of coaches who he helped host a footballing masterclass for the children, sharing his top tricks for the game, while also taking part in a penalty shoot-out competition with the pupils. The activities that the students took part in during James’ workshop all counted towards their Leeds Children’s University passports, which were stamped by James, using a bespoke stamp specifically created for the day, at the end of his training session.
The children then conducted a post-match style interview with James asking him questions about his career, including how to succeed in sport in general and what his hints and tips are for securing a career as an athlete.
For more information about the Leeds Children’s University visit Leeds Trinity University’s website.