The Premier League has teamed up with EdComs to launch their new programme – Premier League Primary Stars (www.plprimarystars.com) – 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.
Key facts about the programme include:
- Premier League Primary Stars provides free curriculum-linked resources for girls and boys aged 5-11
- Free to download lesson plans, activities and video content are designed to inspire learning in maths, English, PE and PSHE
- National programme which will expand in-school support for teachers provided by 88 Premier League and English Football League sides in England and Wales
- Aims to support 10,000 primary schools by 2019 and every primary school in England and Wales by 2022
Premier League Primary Stars builds on existing programmes delivered by professional football clubs for primary schools in their communities. It offers a range of bespoke curriculum-linked teaching resources aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2, including lesson plans, activity ideas, worksheets and video content, with a variety of the Premier League’s most famous stars supporting and appearing throughout the programme.
Each teaching pack uses real-life sport examples to put the lesson content into a context relevant and engaging for children, with clear teaching instructions which ensure that the resources are easy to use. Registered schools will also be able to enter competitions to win a visit from the Premier League trophy and apply for teaching support materials such as book boxes or PE kit and equipment.
Primary schools can register for free at www.plprimarystars.com to enable access to the programme’s full portfolio of educational resources.
Speaking at the launch event at St John’s Highbury Vale Primary School in north London, Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore 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.
“Our clubs already do great work in primary schools, and Premier League Primary Stars will support and enhance that work with educational resources for teachers, books from celebrated children’s authors, and much more.”
Speaking about the programme, Premier League Primary Stars Ambassador and Consultant for the maths resources Rachel Riley said:
“Maths is a subject that a lot of young people find challenging and is often dismissed as boring. 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.
“I’ve seen the reaction from children using the lesson plans – 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!”