Blackpool players help with Spanish goal

Blackpool FC players Gerardo Bruno and Angel Martinez dropped in on Spanish lessons at Palatine High school
Blackpool FC players Gerardo Bruno and Angel Martinez dropped in on Spanish lessons at Palatine High school
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SPANISH stars have helped schoolchildren tackle their language barrier.

Blackpool FC players Gerardo Bruna and Angel Martinez took part in a question and answer session at Palatine School to help Year 10 pupils revise for their GCSEs.

The footballers answered questions about their time at school and lives away from the pitch in what was a unique experience for many of the children.

Kyle Hall, 15, said the session has helped him with his Spanish.

He added: “It was good and I wish I had more time with them.

“I thought they spoke so fast at first, but once I got used to it, it was well worth it.”

Classmate Mavin Persaud, also 15, added: “It was really good for our class, especially with the GCSEs coming up.

“It was very informative about the Spanish culture and other Spanish speaking countries.”

The players, who both signed for Blackpool last year, said they had enjoyed the in-depth time with their fans.

Martinez said: “I think this is good because we are around people that follow Blackpool and can help them.

“They can see we are normal people and we can have a relationship with the young people of Blackpool.”

His teammate added: “I used to love maths at school, but this is different.

“It’s great to be a part of the community and it’s great the children can see us in this way.

“We both want to have a relationship with the community and it’s always good when we can come here and help with something like this.”

Spanish teacher Sarah Crook, who organised the class, said: “It’s a really good way for the pupils to improve their Spanish skills an opportunity to meet players.

“There are two different accents here and it’s important for them to listen and understand.

“It has benefits for their confidence and they can learn the language in a fun way.”