Burnley FC first team players James Tarkowski, Matt Lowton and Steven Defour visited two local primary schools with Burnley FC in the Community shortly before Christmas, to celebrate the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
Tarkowski and Lowton visited Christ the King RC Primary School to take part in a question and answer session and sign autographs. Meanwhile Steven Defour stopped by St Augustine of Canterbury RC Primary School to meet pupils and talk about the exciting Premier League programme and the difference that it is making to pupils.
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.
Aimed at girls and boys aged 5-11 learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play.
Teaching materials cover subjects from English and Maths to teamwork and PE, with free to download activity ideas, worksheets, lesson plans, fun assemblies and exclusive videos.
The players were asked questions on their busy schedules and work ethic and gave examples of times they have had to show resilience. They also gave the youngsters advice on keeping motivated and working hard to achieve their goals and ambitions.
Burnley FC in the Community have been delivering the programme in local primary schools including St Augustine of Canterbury and Christ the King RC Primary with staff working with teachers to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects.
Competitions are also part of the programme, from national football tournaments to creative writing and reading challenges for reluctant readers.
Burnley FC in the Community’s Sport Development Manager, Sam Howell said: “It was brilliant to have the players visit some of the local schools we have been working with delivering the Premier League Primary Stars programme.”
“The children had prepared lots of great questions for the star guests and hopefully they will be able to take away a lot from the visit on how to show resilience, work well as part of a team and set a good example to others.”
To find out more information about how to get involved in the Premier League Primary Stars programme contact Burnley FC in the Community’s Sport Development Manager, Sam Howell on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01282 704 716.