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Premier League plans to support 10,000 primary schools

Premier League Primary Stars is a community programme with free curriculum-linked teaching resources for primary schools

Posted by Lucinda Reid | April 02, 2017 | Sports & leisure

The Premier League has today launched Premier League Primary Stars, a national curriculum-linked education programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

This is the Premier League’s most ambitious community programme to date and aims to support 10,000 primary schools by 2019.

Premier League Primary Stars builds on the existing delivery professional football clubs provide to primary schools in their communities and offers a range of bespoke curriculum-linked teaching resources aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2, including lesson plans, activity ideas, work sheets and video content.

A national TV advertising campaign will go on air from Sunday 2 April to promote the campaign and the advert features some of the Premier League’s most recognisable faces, including José Mourinho, Theo Walcott and Gary Cahill, joining children at schools across the UK to recite the poem “Try, Try Again” by T.H. Palmer. 

Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman, Premier League said: “We are very excited to launch Premier League Primary Stars, our new national education programme that will use the power and popularity of football to inspire children to work hard and enjoy English, Maths and a range of other subjects.”

“We want to support 10,000 primary schools in England and Wales by 2019 and we hope that our first national TV advertising campaign, including star names from our clubs, will capture the imagination of parents, teachers and children and encourage them to sign-up to Premier League Primary Stars,” said Richard.

The Premier League Primary Stars digital resources have been developed in partnership with expert education organisations including Edcoms, the National Literacy Trust and PSHE Association. Plus, the resources have been developed in partnership with primary school teachers.

Children’s authors Cressida Cowell (‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series) and Dan Freedman (‘Jamie Johnson’ series) have also helped to create the programme’s literacy resources, while Sky Sports Friday Night Football co-host and mathematician Rachel Riley is a consultant in the development of Maths teaching resources.

“What I love about the resources we’ve developed for the Premier League Primary Stars programme is that it makes maths relevant to children’s everyday lives,” said Rachel. “I’ve seen the reaction from children using the lesson plans and they are excited, interested and engaged. I think this is a fantastic programme that will undoubtedly inspire children to learn but also give teachers the tools to be creative with their lessons. Anything that excites primary school children about maths gets a gold star from me.”

Primary schools can register for free on www.plprimarystars.com to enable access to the programme’s full portfolio of resources. You can also join the Premier League Primary Stars conversation on Twitter with #PLPrimaryStars.

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