Faizan named Burnley FC in the Community’s Premier League Primary Stars ‘Superstar’ as schools programme marks five-year anniversary
The Premier League is celebrating five years of its schools’ programme, Premier League Primary Stars.
Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to support pupils in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.
To celebrate, clubs have nominated a ‘Superstar’ – a young person or teacher who has inspired others through their dedication to the programme, enthusiasm and own personal development.
One person who has benefitted from their involvement in the programme is Faizan, of Reedley Primary School, who has been named as a ‘Superstar’ by Joshua Wall, Sports and Education Coach at BFCitC, as part of the programme’s five-year anniversary celebrations.
Faizan was chosen as Josh’s Premier League Primary Stars Superstar because, along with fellow pupils, he completed a six-week development programme to become a Sports Leader at Reedley Primary School.
Faizan, who has been involved with Burnley FC in the Community’s Premier League Primary Stars activity for four years said:
‘To win this award makes me feel amazed and very proud of myself. Being able to take part in the Premier League Primary Stars programme has allowed me to develop my skills with leadership, communicating with others and being able to engage with other children.’
This week, to commemorate the 5 year anniversary celebrations, BFCitC have been highlighting our work with the four core PLPrimary Star values in mind:
Back in May, we were lucky enough to have our schools visit Watford FC to take part at the coveted #PLPrimaryStars Tournament.
Despite not winning, our U11s team from Worsthorne Primary were selected as the ‘BE FAIR WINNERS’ of the day.
The team said: “We felt honoured getting this award because we didn’t get so far in the tournament, so we are thankful for getting this trophy. We got the Fair Play Award because we were very kind to all the other teams, we shook their hands and we gave them a flag every time before the match. The Fair Play Award means that we played fair and were very kind.”
Mr Lomas, Worsthorne teacher and PE Lead added:
“The children were brilliant throughout the day and being given the Fair Play Award at the end of the day was the icing on the cake. To be nominated for this award by the referees meant even more. So proud…”
2. Be Inspiring
Our students from Reedley Primary School, completed a 6 week training programme to work on a range of skills including: leadership, teamwork and communication
It allowed pupils to lead the sports session on lunch times as well as assist staff in sports club and inter school competitions.
Year 6 Support Teacher, Ms A Price-Hunt said:
“Our Sports leaders act as role models, promoting self-esteem and confidence as well as being enthusiastic and passionate about sport.”
Joshua Wall, Sports & Education Coach for BFCitC added, “The sports leadership award is allowing these children to develop many social and personal skills…we have seen positive impacts on the participants who become great role models within their schools to the other pupils.”
3. Be Connected
Our ‘Survival Stars’ programme is the perfect example of being connected. It empowers the children to: work together, learn how to keep each other safe and find new ways to connect with each other and nature.
Our six week course takes place at school, with the final week putting skills to the test at our outdoor facility – Whitehough, where pupils are met with the outdoor elements in beautiful and rustic surroundings.
4. Be Ambitious
Each year, our schools have their very own Sports Day and it’s a fantastic opportunity to inspire and challenge children to take part, keep physically active and have fun whilst representing their school
We embed all the values in the sports day, rewarding children who have demonstrated the PLPS Values throughout the day
About Premier League Primary Stars
Premier League Primary Stars provides teachers and parents with free downloadable resources across a range of curriculum subjects at Key Stage 1 (age 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (age 7-11), developed by teachers for teachers, and in collaboration with experts such as the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.
Currently 105 professional football clubs from across the leagues run in-classroom Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local schools. More than 58,000 teachers have signed up to access free online national curriculum-linked resources.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We launched Premier League Primary Stars five years ago to support teachers and use the power and popularity of football to inspire children in the classroom and on the sports field.
“Clubs do fantastic work to support children’s learning and we are very proud that this national education programme now engages more than 18,500 primary schools in England and Wales.
“Congratulations to all those who have been recognized as a Premier League Primary Stars Superstar, as part of the five-year anniversary celebrations, and thank you to all those involved in the programme over the years.”
The Premier League funds Premier League Primary Stars and other community programmes through its £100m investment per season in community facilities and community and education programmes. This is the biggest voluntary contribution to communities and other good causes of any football league in the world.
Please visit www.premierleague.com for more information.