Prospero Teaching ‘Balls To Bullying’ Initiative



The Prospero Teaching ‘Balls To Bullying’ Initiative

Prospero Teaching’s Balls To Bullying initiative takes place in schools through-out the UK in the form of workshops and assemblies which address bullying and raising aspirations in the classroom and on the sports fields. We also run equality & diversity workshops.

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Prospero Teaching – Why Balls To Bullying?

Throughout the UK children and teachers struggle to deal with bullying in and outside the classroom.  Prospero feels very strongly that the school community should be exactly that, a community and has therefore developed the initiative to encourage healthy relationships throughout schools. Prospero Teaching aims to help pupils address these issues, motivating and inspiring students to be the best people they can.

Martin Offiah – Background

Martin Offiah is a former professional rugby league footballer, who played for Great Britain and England. He also played for the English clubs Widnes, Wigan, London and Salford, and in Australia for Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and St. George clubs. Scoring 501 tries in his rugby career, he was the third-highest try scorer of all time. Martin Offiah has joined Prospero Teaching, delivering Nutrition and Health workshops as well as assemblies and sessions on raising aspirations.

Prospero Teaching’s ‘Balls To Bullying’ Coverage


Richard Harvey, Assistant Principal at Excel Academy, said

“We were thrilled that Gareth joined us. Gareth is passionate about helping young people speak out against bullying, especially in schools. We hope Gareth’s visit will also further inspire our students, not only in sports but a wide range of subject areas.”

Cllr Julia Magill, Welsh Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said

“Bullying is deliberate, hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where a sense of powerlessness can make it difficult for the victim to defend him or herself. That is why it is so important to have role models such as Gareth Thomas who are willing to give their time and share their experience of bullying in order to get the message across that bullying in our schools is not acceptable and never will be.”

Simon Cox, Head of Sport at Fortismere School, London, said

“I thought it was excellent. I think the sessions were really well organised […] It was an inspiring and successful day.”

A Fortismere School Parent added

“Can I just say we had one hugely enthusiastic, shiny-eyed boy tell us all about it yesterday. Whatever Prospero Teaching is doing – it’s working a treat.”



School visits currently take place in

  • Cardiff
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • London

There are also opportunities further afield. Please email us at if you would like to discuss.