Footballers aren’t just athletes who kick a ball about on a weekend.
Many of these players are heroes and role models for the next generation, and their behaviour on and off the pitch can influence youngsters across the country.
They can have a great effect on the communities around them, and Ryan Bertrand took to Instagram to share what he’s been up to recently.
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As an athlete.. we need to enlighten while we inspire. For years I’ve Been thinking how I can give back and make a genuine impact. And @footballbeyondborders is that. Looking forward to positively impacting the next generation of youth. ✊?✊?✊?✊?✊
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Bertrand has been working with Football Beyond Borders, an educational charity that uses football as an engagement tool to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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The left-back knows his responsibilities as a public figure as his caption states ‘As an athlete we need to enlighten while we inspire’.
The England international has to be commended for this type of work. He’s not only gotten involved in person, but he’s spread the message on his Instagram to almost 250,000 people.
Hopefully, this post from Bertrand encourages more and more footballers to get involved in similar projects.