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.
The programme has been developed and is managed by the Premier League Charitable Fund, a Premier League funded charity that aims to create positive and lasting sporting, health and education outcomes for children, young people and the wider community.
Available entirely free to every primary school in England and Wales, it inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.
Designed by teachers for teachers, the curriculum-linked teaching resources support English, Maths, PSHE and PE, with flexible activity ideas, worksheets, lesson plans, assemblies and exclusive videos. PSHE topics include resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play.
Staff from professional football clubs, like us at WWSET, also work with teachers to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects within local partner schools.
The impact in schools
From speaking to our teacher community, we know that:
- 90% of teachers feel that the programme has increased their pupils’ demonstration of at least one key life value, with resilience, determination and self-esteem coming out top.
- Almost 90% of teachers who used the PE resources agree that the programme has increased their pupils’ enjoyment of sport and physical activity.
- 8 in 10 teachers said that the programme has had a positive impact on their school community.
- PLPS Teacher: ‘The biggest advantages of the programme are that it is a free resource, it has the appeal to children who are football fans, it gives them goals, and offers a variety of activities to suit different types of learners.’
Living the values
Premier League values underpin everything on offer, encouraging children to:
- Be ambitious – work hard and never give up on their goals
- Be inspiring – set a great example to others
- Be connected – work well with others and in a team
- Be fair – treat people equally and think of others
- Diagram showing programme delivery, subjects surrounded by the values.
Reward and celebrate
Competitions range from national football tournaments to creative writing, all with brilliant prizes. A recent poetry competition – Premier League Writing Stars – invited pupils to write poems on the theme of ambition.
Thousands of poems were sent in from schools around the country.
The judges – Leicester City Captain and Premier League winner, Wes Morgan, Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and poet and hip-hop artist Karl Nova.
There are lots more opportunities and rewards available for schools throughout the year, from visits from the Premier League Trophy to book boxes and class sets of stickers and posters.
Working in partnership
The easy-to-use resources, which link to the national curriculum, have all been developed in partnership with primary school teachers and subject experts, including the PSHE Association and National Literacy Trust.
As well as the free online teaching resources, football clubs work with schools to help teachers develop skills and confidence in delivering PE lessons.
Here at Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET), we are delighted to be able to offer the Premier League Primary Stars curriculum to schools in the local area.
If you would like to read more about what you can expect in a 10 week block of delivery on the PLPS Programme, please read the Schools Information PDF Booklet via the link below:
For a range of teaching-support materials and competitions, schools can sign up for free at www.plprimarystars.com.
To find out how the WWSET Premier League Primary Stars team can enhance both your pupils’ and teachers’ experiences of school, please contact Billy Ready, Premier League Primary Stars Manager, at email@example.com or us on call (01494) 455736.