AN exhibition on a Welsh football legend is being used to promote good sportsmanship in primary and secondary schools across Wrexham.
Using artifacts from an exhibition, pupils from Ysgol Acrefair have been exploring the life of John Charles, who is described as one of the greatest Welsh footballers of the 20th Century.
The exhibition, entitled John Charles -The Gentle Giant, is a tribute to the footballer, who was never booked or sent off in his career and has been set up as a positive role model for younger fans of the sport, who are surrounded by negative images of footballers in the media today.
Charles tragically died earlier this year but until his death he had been actively involved in trying to get the exhibition off the ground.
Workshops at the exhibition, in Wrexham museum, include creative writing, oral history and music.
Phil Cope has written and designed the exhibition and said there are still spaces available to schools who wish to participate.
The exhibition is part of work schools are doing in writing history and music as part of the Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 syllabus and Phil has spent three years, researching, gathering artifacts and putting the exhibition together.
He said: 'A lot of older people know who John Charles was and what he stood for, not just as a footballer but as a human being.
'He stood for fair play and dignity and we are trying to introduce this to a younger generation.
'Footballers these days are on the front page of newspapers more than they are the back page and often for the wrong reasons.'
Mr Jones, head teacher at Ysgol Acrefair, said: 'It was an excellent day and very nostalgic.
'There was a lesson to be learnt by the children in terms of sportsmanship.
'Retaliation was not in John Charles's game at all.
'They learnt a lot about his life and they were amazed at how high he could leap for the ball.'
The exhibition will run until Tuesday, December 18.
Those who wish to book places can contact Phil Cope on 01656 870180.