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Ellis and Bakayogo delight pupils at Ladymount Primary School

4 March 2019


Ellis and Bakayogo delight pupils at Ladymount Primary School

4 March 2019

In the first Tranmere Rovers in the Community school visit since the half-term break, there were secret handshakes, Easter eggs, mass group selfies and more happening in Pensby!

Mark Ellis and Zoumana Bakayogo visited Ladymount Primary on Thursday afternoon as part of Tranmere Rovers’ ongoing partnership with Hi-impact Consultancy, providing a unique two-part matchday experience for pupils and teachers.

The Spotlight School initiative sees pupils invited to a home game at Prenton Park to work behind the scenes with our media team before welcoming the first team onto the pitch as flag bearers. Following up from that excitement, TRFC players visit the pupils at school to take part in a media lesson put on by Hi-impact.

Last week, three classes from Ladymount Primary watched Tranmere achieve a great win over Notts County at home and on Thursday two of the key players from that match went to meet up with pupils during afternoon assembly. 

Both players answered a number of enthusiastic questions on their footballing careers and personal lives, along with describing to the pupils how they got into football professionally and why they moved to play at Tranmere.

Zoum quickly provided himself as a favorite amongst the children with his honest answers and love of winning matches! He also spoke about his experiences playing International football and participating in the 2008 Olympics.

The boys then took time to go around all the different classrooms to take photos and sign a large pile of autographs. There were some great interactions as the players worked their way through the long lines of children eager to meet some of their idols, with some offering the pair some treasured Easter chocolate.

Phil Gregory from Hi-Impact, who delivers the workshops, was delighted with the players’ participation and had this to say about the afternoon:

The children at Ladymount Primary School could not have been more amazed at being the flag bearers to welcome the players onto the field for their win against Notts County.

The day inspired a lot of the children to be more interested in everything about the football club. That was followed up by Zoum and Mark visiting and talking to three classes worth of children.

There were laughs and smiles all around as they answered, and sometimes dodging, all of the wacky and wonderful questions that the children had. Plenty of autographs and pictures all contributed to a day that the children and teachers will not forget in a hurry.”

We would like to thank Ladymount for their ongoing relationship with Tranmere Rovers in the Community and look forward to visiting them again with more players in the future.

To see more pictures and videos from the day, make sure to follow our social media channels by searching for Tranmere Rovers in the Community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on all of our programmes and sessions, contact our community office on 0151 608 2354 or email

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