Last week I headed to a Primary School in London to hear all about Premier League Primary Stars and how it was going one year after it launched.
Premier League Primary Stars is an educational programme for all primary schools across England and Wales. With an ambitious goal to engage 10,000 schools by 2019, they have already smashed this by engaging more than 15,000 primary schools already. Which is a fantastic achievement.
To be precise 15,442 schools have been involved working with 101 professional football clubs. The programme offers free downloadable teaching resources for teachers across key stage 1 and 2. It includes bespoke lesson plans, engaging video content featuring some famous faces to help motivate children, free football kit and sports equipment, free books and lots more.
When I arrived at the event last week with several bloggers, I didn’t know that much about Premier League Primary Stars and I’m fairly sure that Alice’s school hasn’t been involved yet. I learnt so much about the programme and I was amazed at how much work had gone into this educational programme. They really did understand what schools need and how to motivate children.
It’s not just in the classroom that they’ve made a difference. Children have had the opportunities that they could only dream of. The Premier League Trophy has visited 55 schools, over 1000 schools have competed in the Premier League Primary Stars football tournament and 8732 kit and equipment packs have been sent out to schools. The children have been taken out of school and visited their local football clubs for their ‘best lesson ever’. We got to watch this video last week and you could see the joy and amazement in their faces.
Premier League Writing Stars Competition
As if all that wasn’t enough, last October they launched the Premier League Writing Stars competition which formed part of the literacy resources package they provided. It challenged children aged between five and eleven years old to write a poem about resilience. Everyone was amazed that they received 25,200 entries, which is an incredible achievement. What’s even more amazing is that the best poems have made it into a published book, which I was lucky enough to receive.
The book ‘Try Try Again’ contains so many of the children’s poems, but it also includes poems written by other people that are involved in the programme, including Ben Shepherd and Alan Shearer.
There were two winners from the Premier League Writing Stars competition and last week at the event we got to hear the two winning poems. The first one was written by a six year old little girl and I was truly amazed that someone so young wrote it. The second poem was written by a ten year old and well, I was lost for words over the structure, the thought process, the words and the end result is a beautiful poem. You really need to get hold of this book, you won’t be disappointed.
A Chat With Author Lauren Child
During the event last week we were lucky enough to chat to Lauren Child, the author of Charlie and Lola books, which my girls love. Lauren spoke about how different subjects link together can really help to motivate children, an example they showed was a little boy called Gethyn’s, who did not enjoy writing and was totally unengaged. With the support from Premier League Primary Stars they asked him to write a football match report and this little boy who normally struggled to write a few sentences, wrote pages and pages.
It was truly inspiring to see the difference being made. Alice loves to write, but she tends to think big and then gets lost along the way as she is writing. She is five years old and we’ve been working on her starting small, going over the sentences in her mind before starting to write to be clear what she is writing.
Lauren chatted about the value of a good teacher and I know from my own personal experience that this makes a massive difference. Luckily Alice has amazing teachers, who have really helped her over this last year. I also do a lot of work with her at home, doing the homework that she receives and more.
I was really pleased to see that Premier League Primary Stars now offers activities for parents and children to use at home, all for free on their site. Which I will definitely be using with Alice.
What’s Next For Premier League Primary Stars
We got to listen to Richard Scudamore last week and he shared with us firstly how truly amazed he was with the success of the programme, but also his vision for the future. He biggest focus is to reach the remaining 5,000 schools that haven’t yet engaged in the programme and with Alice’s school being one of these, I’m going to take the time to speak to them about it and find out their thoughts about being involved.
They are also working in partnership with the BBC to introduce the Super Movers campaign, which encourages children to get active throughout the day.
You can find out all Premier League Primary Stars here.
I really enjoyed the event last week, it has opened my eyes to a programme that I was not familiar with, yet it’s helping thousands of children every day. The success of Premier League Primary Stars speaks for itself, with the number of schools, children and people involved and I can’t wait to see what they achieve this year.
Disclosure: I was kindly invited to the Premier League Primary Stars event and I was compensated for my time. All views and opinions are my own.