Collins and Gabbidon enter the Learning Zone

Welsh duo Danny Gabbidon and James Collins took time out from their busy schedules on Monday evening to attend West Ham United Learning Zone's spring presentation in the Castle Suite at Upton Park.

Over 350 kids from various schools in the area attended the presentation to mark the end of their 10-week 'Playing For success' programme and this provided the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of all the children and hand out prizes to one student from each school who had displayed particular effort and progress.

Gabbidon and Collins were joined by Vicky Cossington and Joanne Dean of the West Ham United Ladies FC to make up the special guest panel. They firstly answered some tough questions from some of the kids, then handed out the prizes and posed for pictures with each of the groups.

'Playing For Success' is a government initiative, funded by the DFES and by Learning Community Services, that was set up in 1997 to help improve standards of Numeracy, Literacy and ICT and increase pupil motivation to learn by raising pupil self confidence and self esteem.

Danny Gabbidon said after the presentation: "It was a really enjoyable evening and great to see so many children there being rewarded for their effort over the past 10 weeks. Schemes like this are great for kids as they provide a different setting to the school classroom for them to develop and learn more about key skills."

The Learning Zone currently offers voluntary mentors the opportunity of gaining an OCN in Mentoring Skills. Please contact Anna Chapman on 0208 586 8063 if you would like to support young people in Newham in reaching their potential or would like to find out any further information about the West Ham United Learning Zone.