Hull City player’s Will Keane and Shaun Maloney visited Westfield Primary School to mark the recent launch of Premier League Primary Stars, the Premier League’s new national curriculum-linked education programme.
Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Keane and Maloney joined pupils and teachers for a Premier League Primary Stars PHSE lesson that was being delivered by Tigers Trust, PL Primary Stars Coordinator, Richard Dexter.
While they were there, the two players, helped launch the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme. Teachers can apply for the chance to receive free football strips or equipment for their school by registering for the programme at www.PLPrimaryStars.com. Parents can also nominate their school via the Premier League Primary Stars website. This year’s application window opens from 24 April – 9 June.
The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme will allow teachers the opportunity to get their hands on a full team kit or a range of useful equipment that can be used for different subject areas.
Premier League Primary Stars offers free downloadable resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE. The easy-to-use materials have been developed in partnership with education organisations including the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association. Countdown TV presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley and children’s authors Cressida Cowell and Dan Freedman also helped to create the teaching resources, which use real life sport examples to put lessons into a relevant engaging context for children. This content adds to the existing support professional football clubs provide to primary schools and their local communities.
Hull City is one of 88 Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs in England and Wales which provides in-school support through Premier League Primary Stars. This is the Premier League’s most ambitious community programme to date and aims to support 10,000 primary schools by 2019.
Hull City midfielder Shaun Maloney spoke during his visit to the school and said: “It was great to go back to school, at least for one day and experience it from another perspective. All these kids I’ve met today have a bright future ahead of them and I’m really happy and proud to be involved in Premier League Primary Stars. It’s such a great initiative for our local community and fans and I’d encourage all schools and parents to get involved.”
Gemma Garnett, Partnership Development Officer at Tigers Sport and Education Trust, also commented about the initiative: “It’s been a fantastic event today at the Westfield Primary School. We’ve been able to showcase a programme that we’re all really excited to be a part of and which encourages children to learn and to help make their education relevant to the world around them.”
Sam Hickey, Head Teacher at Westfield Primary School said: “"Westfield has been involved with Tigers Trust for a number of years and has developed a really close working relationship. As a school we are keen to develop and raise the profile of sport and encourage pupils to understand the values of sportsmanship.
The PL Primary Stars programme has provided the school with fantastic coaching sessions, staff training, PHSE sessions, whole school assemblies and a vast range of tournaments. Our Y3 pupils are really excited about their forthcoming stadium tour and the whole school thoroughly enjoyed the recent player visit.
The programme really inspires our youngsters and brings the relationship between club, players and the community ever closer."
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman, Premier League added: “Premier League Primary Stars uses the power and popularity of football to inspire children to enjoy English, Maths and a range of other subjects. Our clubs are already doing great work in this area and it is fantastic to see players visiting local schools to support the programme and encourage learning.”
The football kit package includes: 14 football shirts, 1 goalkeeper shirt, 15 pairs of shorts and 15 pairs of socks.
The equipment package includes: a roller bag, bibs, training balls, pop-up goals, a whistle, a ball pump, a captain's armband, hoops, cones, bean bags, giant dice and floor markers.
The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme is supported by Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation.
Register for the Premier League Primary Stars programme on www.PLPrimaryStars.com and for more details on our PL Primary Stars programme, please click on our Juniors section or email firstname.lastname@example.org