ROMEU SPEAKS THE LINGO WITH LOCAL CHILDREN

Oriol Romeu surprised pupils from Servite RC Primary School on Fulham Road, who were taking part in the Chelsea Foundation's Kickstart Spanish scheme recently.

Chelsea's number 6 made the visit to congratulate the children on their Spanish. He answered questions posed in Spanish by the Year 4 pupils before handing out certificates of achievement.

The Chelsea Foundation's Kickstart Spanish project uses football to inspire interest and enthusiasm to learn the language. This six-week course in basic Spanish for primary school pupils has been developed in association with the Spanish Embassy Education Department.

The school provides a specialist language teacher to deliver the classroom modules using our eye-catching Chelsea-themed workbooks and audio-visual materials. For example, students enjoy learning Spanish vocabulary such as colours and numbers through pictures of football kits, while writing player profiles helps them practise days of the week, months and countries.

In addition to supporting classroom work, Chelsea Foundation coaches hold football training sessions using Spanish instructions and vocabulary in warm-ups and games. Each session is like a match with 45 minutes of classroom learning followed by 45 minutes of football coaching.

'This project is a really good idea,' said Romeu. 'It's really important for children to learn a new language if they can and using football as a way of teaching them Spanish is really working.

'It is not easy to learn a new language but it helps you throughout your life and using football to help these children learn is a brilliant idea. The Chelsea badge keeps them interested in the lessons and it's a great way for them to learn.'

Spanish teacher Susana Sousa E Silva said: 'The boys engage straight away, they're really excited about this programme. The girls have even started talking about football more! It's a great way of getting them to interact as they learn and we have all seen the improvement in their Spanish.

'It's also amazing that the players get involved in projects like this as well. The children really enjoy every moment of it and have been were so excited to be asking Oriol questions.'