Football legend John Barnes visited a Wirral primary school this week to support their work to "Show Racism the Red Card."
St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School in Woodchurch welcomed the legendary England and Liverpool winger to speak to pupils and answer questions about tackling racism, being part of a team, charity work and his time on Strictly Come Dancing.
He spoke movingly about his own experiences of racism and how to react to it.
After the question and answer session he visited each class in the school, signing autographs and answering more questions.
The visit was arranged by Richard Hinds, PE teacher at St Michaels and All Angels and himself a former Tranmere Rovers footballer.
Susan Ralph, headteacher, said: "The key message coming out of the Q & A session was that we need to be disciplined, committed, passionate and dedicated.
"Some of his answers were really inspirational, and showed the pupils that, with the right attitude, you can overcome adversity whatever its form.
"We are so lucky to have Mr Hinds as our full time PE teacher. He inspires us every day and has set up lots of initiatives across our school to help us stay healthy and enjoy sport."
Councillor Tony Smith, cabinet member for children and families, said: "Wirral schools are constantly working to ensure that our young people are given a fully-rounded education that tackles racism and other forms of discrimination.
"Respected former and current sports men and women are role models for young people, so they have a unique ability to speak on the issues that matter."