Pupils at St Chads Primary School were treated to a special guest appearance this week, as Palace's Dwight Gayle took time out after training to visit the children at the school in Selhurst.
Gayle, who has experienced ups and downs in his career, spoke to the young people about bouncing back from adversity, explaining how he has used various setbacks in his career to become more resilient in difficult situations.
Pupils at the school in Alverston Gardens, South Norwood, then had the chance to quiz Gayle about the life of a professional footballer - something which is always a hot topic amongst young football fans.
The striker's visit was organised by the CPFC Foundation in partnership with the Premier League, who are working on an initiative which aims to provide full-time and part-time PE coaches for local schools to get more young people into sport. St Chads now has a full-time PE coach as part of the programme.
The CPFC Foundation has a number of initiatives involving first team players at the club which give children the chance to meet their role models. These visits are aimed to help young people develop more robust personalities and cope with the challenges life throws at them.
For more information please contact the CPFC Foundation's PE and School Sport Manager Paul Mitchell on: 0208 634 5414