Rugby legend Gareth Thomas (pictured) has launched a national campaign to reduce school bullying.
The former Wales captain and Grand Slam winner will lead the new campaign, Balls to Bullying, by visiting schools up and down Britain in the coming months.
Created by recruitment agency Prospero Teaching, he will support teachers in helping youngsters settle into secondary school as well as talking to pupils about bullying.
In 2011, the star was one of the most high-profile sportsmen to come out as gay.
Mr Thomas said: “I hope my reputation as a sportsman in a tough game is a way of connecting with children who may be vulnerable to bullies. My experience shows that being bullied is nothing to do with being weak.”