When 9-year-old Charlie met cricket legend Glenn Maxwell

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Charlie meets his cricket hero Glenn Maxwell. Pic supplied

Charlie from Brisbane has already achieved a few life goals and he’s only nine years old.  Not only did he learn to code this year, but he also met his cricketing hero, Glenn Maxwell, at the Cricket Victoria base in St. Kilda, Melbourne.

Charlie got the chance to meet Glenn after having taken part in a promotion run by online education provider, BYJU’S FutureSchool who offer online tutoring for school-aged children in maths, coding and music.

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Charlie and Glenn had a fun-packed day, where they got to bat and bowl in the nets and sit down for a one on one chat to share stories about cricket and a shared love of dogs. Charlie also wanted to know how Glenn got his nickname, The Big Show, and Glenn was interested in what Charlie wanted to be when he grew up and his favourite subject at school.

Charlie was flown down from Brisbane with his mum Lisa for the day where they also got the chance to watch the whole Melbourne Stars team train, as well as enjoy the one on one time with Glenn ‘The Big Show’ Maxwell. Charlie is a big fan of cricket, the Australian cricket team and of Glenn and so this experience was a dream come true.

Charlie won the meet and greet having completed 30 coding lessons with BYJU’S FutureSchool during which he has already created multiple apps and learnt multiple coding platforms.

BYJU’S coding lessons have really piqued Charlie’s passion for coding and, in the future, Charlie would like to create an app that recognises the sound of someone in distress through their phone and it automatically connects them to the emergency services.

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Charlie’s mum, Lisa, said that Charlie has learnt to code really quickly and Charlie even claims that he can now ‘code faster than he can text.’

“After a couple of lessons, he can do way beyond whatever I could ever do. I certainly can’t help him with his homework any more,” said mum, Lisa. “He looks forward to the lessons and gets on very well with his teacher, who has been consistent through the whole lesson programme.

“It is a unique and fun way of teaching with lots of gamification to help teach coding strategies but in an interactive, engaging way,” Lisa continued. “He even loves to complete his tasks without me nagging, which is always very positive for a parent.”

Lisa and Charlie started with a trial lesson and then, because Charlie loved it so much, they signed up for an 18 month programme, recognising Charlie’s passion for coding and realising thatcoding is a skill that every child needs for the future.

Charlie’s day with Glenn was capped off when he was presented with a signed bat and gloves.


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