Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno spoke about the importance of giving something back after making the club’s annual visit to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton on Tuesday afternoon.
The Seagulls skipper was joined by Glenn Murray, Jason Steele, Ben Roberts, Paul Trollope and women’s team player Emily Simpkins to spread some festive joy and hand out presents to the children.
He said, “Every Christmas we come here to visit the children, most of them are Brighton fans, and it was nice to spend the time with them.
“They are going through some very tough times, but to see the smiles on their faces gives you a lot of energy.
“It’s important for us to do as many things as possible in the community, because the community helps and supports us week-in week-out, both home and away.
“We try to give something back to society and to the community. The more we can do, the better.”
Matters then turned to events on the pitch, and the Spaniard explained there is a general feeling of optimism in the squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Vitality Stadium.
“They are a really good side who are very organised and play some really good football. It’s a tough place to go, but we are really positive.
“We are on a really good run of performances, playing good football and it will be great to go there and get three points.”
Bruno is now the oldest player in the Premier League, and he explained how his good habits off the pitch are contributing to a lengthy career.
“It’s important to have discipline day by day and to have good habits in terms of resting, training and eating properly. It’s good to have those habits, but I would say discipline is the main thing.
“Sometimes it’s hard, Christmas is coming and there will be a lot of sweets around. You need to have the discipline to say, ‘no.’ The older you get, you have to be even more disciplined. I enjoy doing it and it’s my life.
“It’s hard, but it’s worth it.”