POMPEY legend Linvoy Primus has helped show bullying the red card by launching a spellbinding school roadshow.
Linvoy’s charity Faith and Football and the firm Affinion International teamed up to launch the anti-bullying touring show hosted by magician and entertainer Steve Legg at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Portsmouth yesterday.
Steve, who is a Guinness World Record holder for his escapology feats, captivated his audience with humour, magic tricks and interactive storytelling with a strong message demonstrating the impact bullying can have on young lives.
Linvoy, who is a patron and co-founder of Faith and Football, paid pupils at Corpus Christi a special visit and introduced the show, which follows on from last week’s nationwide anti-bullying week.
Youngsters were treated to a variety of entertaining, but important, tales during Steve’s 45-minute performance, including the story about his school friend Graham, who was teased as a child for his aspiration to become a clown.
The roadshow also stopped off at Wimborne Junior School to spread the message.
It was due to visit Redwood Park and St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary today, St Swithun’s Catholic Primary on Wednesday, and St George’s Beneficial CofE Primary and Cottage Grove Primary on Thursday.
The tour will draw to an end on Friday when it stops off at Meon Juniors and Northern Parade Juniors.
‘In the last year, we have heard a lot about cyber-bullying and a lot of children we work with have been affected by it in some way,’ said Linvoy.
‘We heard about anti-bullying week and saw Steve was involved in other schools, and we thought we could engage with schools here.’
Andrew Mutch, vice-president of customer operations at the Portsmouth offices of Affinion International, who provide card and identity theft protection, said: ‘These shows tackle an extremely important issue in an accessible and supportive way.’
Corpus Christi headteacher Elizabeth Giltinan added: ‘It’s a foolish school that says bullying doesn’t take place and we have to prepare our children to recognise it and deal with it should it happen.’
Faith and Football director Mick Mellows said: ‘By making children laugh you can also encourage them to think, and these shows are fantastic at doing both.
‘They’re great fun and hugely enjoyable, while at the same time helping young people to understand the importance of acting considerately towards others.’