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Bart’s Languages Week Visit

26 September 2013

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski visited a local school to show support for their annual Languages Week.

Every year, Shirebrook Academy dedicates five days to educating pupils on a variety of different languages through a host of activities and events, arranged by their Modern Languages department.  

Each day provides a specific theme, with Wednesday featuring Poland - Bart’s home nation. 

The Magpies’ number one stopped off at Shirebrook Academy last year for Languages Week and was all too happy to show his support again. 

Bart spent time with the Polish students and later faced penalties from hundreds of children, with one of the goal-scorers winning a pair of his signed gloves. 

“It’s often quite difficult for some of the Polish children coming to a different country and having to learn the English language,” the stopper told Magpie Player. 

“They had a chance to speak to me, because I was in a similar situation.

“When I came to England I barely spoke any English, so it was hard for me as well and I can understand them - it was really nice.”

James Edwards, a Magpies’ fan that teaches at the school, was delighted with the impact that Bart had on the children.

“Bartosz’s visit really opened pupils’ eyes and made them realise that language isn’t just about being confined to a classroom in a school,” he said. 

“It lets them know that it links to so many areas of life and I think football’s a sport that brings everyone together anyway.

“It connects countries and any individual differences on a football pitch seem to be forgotten and Bartosz’s visit helped to support that.”

You can check out the video of the day on Magpie Player by clicking here. 

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