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Pupils' rousing pep talks point the way for Coleman.

IT'S safe to say Wales will be in full celebratory mode today as Wales' Euro tournament finally kicks off when Chris Coleman's men take on Slovakia.

Most of the nation has been in high spirits in the lead-up to the tournament, thousands of fans have already made their way to France to cheer on Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and co and there will be plenty donning their red shirts to support the boys in Bordeaux.

There will be plenty who wish them well and good luck under their breath as the teams line up for their clash, but there have been some schoolchildren in South Wales who have been busy imagining what they'd like to say to the team if they were delivering the prematch motivational speech.

Children at three schools have been writing a series of pep talks for the Wales football team for their first match of the Euros.

It seems the group of children from Trehopcyn, Cilfynydd and Craig Yr Hesg Primary Schools in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, could give Wales boss Chris Coleman a few tips.

Pupils from Trehopcyn Primary School gave it their all in reading out their speeches as if they were Coleman himself in the changing room inspiring Wales to make history.

Trehopcyn pupil Jay Jones said in his motivational message: "We only lost one game and only four goals went in. I believe you can do it. Do you believe you can do it?" Finn Johnson-Denny urged them: "Do you want to win? Come on. If you fall over just get straight back up. Go beyond your limits. Now get out there and win. You can do it."

Alexa Taylor delivered a rousing message as if she was talking directly to Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale or Joe Ledley.

She said: "You're gonna go out on that pitch and win and if you get down get right back up again and fight. Make your country proud and everyone watching. Let's go team!" There were also a selection of written efforts from Cilfynydd and Craig Yr Hesg primary schools.

The pupils from year five came up with soundbites in collaboration with Pontypridd High School, whose English, maths and IT departments are coordinating a sixweek project with its feeder schools to develop literacy, numeracy and digital competence skills.

Cara Marvelley, head of English at Pontypridd High School, said: "The pupils absolutely loved it. They were very engaged, and football is a huge passion for lots of them - there were some massive fans."

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Date:Jun 11, 2016
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