All Saints pupils get pep talk from footballer Mignolet

Anfield school was attending IntoUniversity scheme event

Pupils from All Saints Catholic Primary School met Belgium and Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at an event to mark the first year of a project aimed at boosting the academic potential of north Liverpool children.

The IntoUniversity centre in Anfield, run in partnership with the LFC Foundation and the University of Liverpool, celebrated its first birthday in late November with a visit from Mignolet, who had attended its launch 12 months earlier.

Its aim is to help pupils aged 7–18 to do better at school and it supports them by providing after-school help with homework and one-to-one mentoring opportunities with University of Liverpool students, as well as delivering workshops on careers and university life. In parts of north Liverpool, the higher education progression rate is as low as 17.5%, yet more than 1,100 local children have already taken advantage of centre’s support.

Children from All Saints, one of six local schools involved with IntoUniversity, were taking part in a workshop about careers in sports organisations when Mignolet made his surprise visit. He said: 'It’s been great to come back and learn about the difference that the centre has made to local children, helping them with their schoolwork and making them feel more confident about continuing education.'