Club proud to support odd socks day as part of anti-bullying week

Gillingham Football Club, along with the GFC School, is proud to support Anti-Bullying week.

GFC students enjoyed a surprise visit from a trio of Gills stars to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week.

John Akinde, Stuart O’Keefe and Jacob Mellis chatted and posed with unsuspecting students (socially distanced of course) who were celebrating Odd Socks Day, which aims to celebrate diversity and being unique.

After meeting the learners O’Keefe said: “These kids were brilliant and it was such a fantastic idea to celebrate Odd Socks Day. It was great to hear how hard they are working at the school!”

The socks may have been mixed up today but the message wasn’t; what makes each of us different is important and should be valued.

The children, who themselves were wearing an assortment of colours on their feet, were delighted to ask and answer questions with the players.

“It was a pleasure to meet with the GFC Students,” said Jacob Mellis. “They were eager to talk and made a really good impression on us.”

Head of Centre Lisa Darran was pleased with the efforts of staff and students. She said: “We had a lot of fun celebrating individuality. As a school we do not accept bullying in any form and it was great for our students to have that messaged supported by Gillingham players, and we really appreciate their involvement.”