ALBION players have helped primary school pupils to improve their confidence in maths skills in a numeracy programme.

Students aged eight to 11 from Breakwater Academy in Newhaven took a trip to the Amex Stadium to take part in the Goal Difference initiative by Albion in the Community (AITC). The programme aims to use the power of football to engage schoolchildren struggling with numeracy.

Players Adam Webster, Dan Burn, Joel Veltman and Solly March starred in a video created especially for one of the sessions, asking Albion-related maths questions and sharing insights about ambition, determination and commitment.

The five-week bespoke programme features a different focus each week, with topics taught through practical football-related tasks associated with the team and the wider football industry.

Schools manager for AITC Rob Josephs said: "The programme is a great way to engage pupils in numeracy.

"We've been delivering the sessions in schools, so just being back at a venue like the Amex, outside of a mainstream classroom environment, can help inspire and motivate young students to learn.

"Using football as a theme can really engage pupils and it is great to have involvement from the Albion players and continued support of American Express volunteers."

Pupils explore areas of numeracy including a fantasy football challenge, reading tables, tasks related to revenue streams and merchandising and analysis using Albion player age and height data.

The programme also includes a question-and-answer session where American Express colleagues share practical examples of how they use maths in their professional careers.

Primary schools across Sussex who are interested in taking part in future sessions are encouraged to email the charity.

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