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Marcus Rashford joins a Zoom call to tell 200 youngsters about his child poverty work

Child poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford has met with 200 schoolchildren to talk about the causes close to his heart.

The Manchester United footballer dialled in to a Zoom meeting with the youngsters to discuss what he’s been doing to tackle poverty.

The call was arranged by the Cottage Family Centre in Kirkcaldy and around 200 children from Fife took part in the discussion.

The England forward thanked those who took part in the call on Twitter, writing: “Spent my afternoon with 200 children from Kirkcaldy, Fife.

“It was lovely to speak to you all, thank you for making me feel so welcome.”

The influential campaigner shared the message with his 4.2 million followers, yet another example of the footballer using his platform for good.

The 23-year-old has been tireless in his campaign to end child poverty, successfully lobbying the UK Government to overturn its free school meals policy in England.

Rashford spoke about his pledge to end child food poverty, and his determination to ensure the next generation starts life with a level playing field.

Craig Simpson, chairman of Templehall United in Kirkcaldy joined other youth teams on the call.

Speaking to Clyde 1 radio, he said: “For a 23-year-old who’s one of the biggest players in the world at the moment to take 50 minutes of his time to speak to kids in Kirkcaldy, hundreds of miles away from Manchester, he’s an ideal role model for children today.

“Football gets a lot of bad press but for him to do that and to take the time to answer some really tricky questions from the kids, it was brilliant.”

The call was set up with the help of former prime minister Gordon Brown.

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