YOUNG footballers were given a lesson in generosity at the weekend in Tesco.

Children from all age groups across under-seven to under-14 at Robins FC were out in force at the Ocotal Way superstore with their buckets for Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Movement (CALM).

Several hundred pounds were raised for the second year in a row by under-eight coach Antony Rutzler and the players.

The teams rotated the shifts at the tills, but were there from 9am until 3pm learning more about the importance of responsibility away from the playing field.

“We want to teach them more than just football. It’s good for the boys to understand others who are less fortunate,” said Antony, a business transition consultant with Openwork in Lydiard Fields.

“They gave up training to come down to Tesco and it’s those little sacrifices which will help them understand more than just playing football.”

The children were out in their full red and white kits too, with the pride of representing their club, which trains at Lawn Primary School.

“I have raised money for CALM in the past and lost a friend to cancer in the past, so I’m driven by that, but it’s also about helping the boys as they get older,” said Antony, who also revealed customers were full of praise for the boys.

“The shoppers were very complimentary about the boys’ behaviour, how engaging and friendly they were,” he said.

“They were also in their kits and representing the football club too, which was important.”

The club thanked Tesco for having the club in-store for the day.