Photo Credits: Flick.Digital


Just after two days I came back from Rome, where some of the most renown football players are born, I was invited to the Premier League Primary Stars launch in London.


This was their second year running and it was such an inspirational evening for me. I’ve spent the evening with some of the most famous people who are in their full support of this programme, namely: CBBC presenter Ben Shires, children’s author Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train your Dragon), children’s Laureate Lauren Child, (author of Charlie & Lola), Dan Freedman (author of Jaime Johnson series), and Premier League Chairman Richard Scudamore.



Try, Try, Try Again.



I soon learnt that this isn’t about football.

This is about our children, their education, and about inspiring our future generations.

What is Premier League Primary Stars?


Premier League Primary Stars is a curriculum-linked education programme for all primary schools across England and Wales. It aims to make use the influence Premier League have on to educate and inspire future generations, to provide in-school support for teachers, to engage and inspire young people to learn and develop important life skills.


Since their launch, Premier League is already inspiring children to learn in more than 15,000 primary schools. With an ambitious goal to engage 10,000 schools by 2019.


There are two parts to the programme:


1) In-school support provided by Premier League and professional football clubs. Already 101 Premier League and professional football clubs are now delivering Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local schools. Isn’t this great news!


2) Bespoke Free downloadable resources for teachers, covering Key Stage 1 & 2 in English and Maths as well as PSHE and PE.

Each bespoke lesson plans includes worksheets around key values including equality and diversity, self-esteem, resilience, teamwork and fair play. Plus Certificates and stickers for teachers to reward pupils for behaviour that reflects four Premier League values: Be inspiring, Be connected, Be ambitious, Be fair. Teacher are also hand equipped with video content featuring famous faces to get inspired.

In addition to this, there will also be Free football kit, Free sports equipment, and Free book boxes too!


The following clip was shown to us, and I was almost in tears of joy over this clip. Please take a minute to have a look.


A Chat With Author Cressida Cowell and Dan Freedman


But like I said, it’s not about football. You can pick and choose the bits you need to suit your class or your child. Not every child is football craze, but plenty of them will. If you can get those kids excited about maths then with the help of some footballs numbers or turn around a child to the love of reading then – why not, why not?


There’s no such thing as a kid who can’t be excited about reading, they just haven’t found the right book yet. - Cressida Cowell #PLPrimaryStars @CressidaCowell Click To Tweet


I had the pleasure to speak with Cressida and Dan, who spoke passionately about letting kids finding their own passion. They explained if we can relate books to film or football we might just catch their attention.


Let them pick up a book and let them read what interests them. Not read by force, but reading for pleasure. - Dan Freeman @DanFreedman99 #PLPrimaryStars Click To Tweet


Cressida also explains that it is so important to read to a child just above their age as this will increase their vocabulary and their imagination. This is so very true. My Ethan (7 yrs old) who is absolutely love Cressida’s work How to Train your Dragon’. He can watch it, back to back, again and again. I have asked Cressida to signed her new brand book The Wizards of Onceto my Ethan, and she added a little bonus and draw a picture on it too! Isn’t she such an incredible lady! Hence – she does all her drawings by the way. What an inspirational lady!

Anyhow, co-incidentally Ethan has just finished his bedtime story book and so I handed this one to him. My partner has been reading this to him for his bedtime story. Today, at his Reading Morning Session at school, little did I know, he went up to his class teacher and plucked up the courage to tell his teacher that he is enjoying this book! I was super proud of my boy. Ethan is a reluctant reader. He’s not much of a football fantastic either, but he really enjoys this. Of course, the teacher asked to see the book, which we didn’t have at hand at the time, so tomorrow we will bring his signed book into school. Wow! How about that for an inspiration!


Cressida has been heavily involved in the selection of books which go into the Premier League Primary Stars “book boxes”. These are to be given out FREE to over 500 schools when they register with the programme.


Premier League Writing Stars




If that’s not enough, Primary Stars also launched the Writing Stars Campaign, backed by the National Literacy Trust, which sparked an overwhelmingly 25,200 primary school children to write a poem about resilience.

What’s even more incredible is that the best poems have made it into a published book, ‘Try,Try,Try Again’, featuring the winning poems, illustrated by children’s book illustrator David Mackintosh.

I must say I was taken aback when Lauren Child and Cressida Cowell read out the two winning poems. They were written by children of only age 6 and age 11, at only Key Stage 2! These little two geniuses were to the stars of the evening. I was absolutely in awe of their precipitousness poems.

This just show how far Premier League Primary Stars has achieved in just over a year!


What’s Next For Premier League Primary Stars


Richard Scudamore said he wanted to reach out to those remaining 5,000 schools that haven’t engaged in the programme yet. Ethan’s school is being one of them. It is just too much too lose out. The evident is already there. Ethan can excel on his reading when he has the right kind of book. I will speak to Ethan’s class teacher about it tomorrow, (hand in hand with the signed book), and will also send out my post to all parents I know in the school to spread out the words. I really do hope they will get on board with this programme.

Premier League Primary Stars are also working in partnership with the BBC to introduce the Super Movers campaign, which encourages children to get active throughout the day.

Plus, Primary Stars education programme has also raised the bar with lots more activities and an interactive digital game for families to use at home as well!  This interactive digital game complement the existing teaching resources which use football to inspire primary school children in maths, English, PSHE and PE.




I really enjoyed the event. I meet some amazing bloggers who are also working to help spread the good words out about this wonderful programme as well as being starstruck by so many famous faces.

It really is such a wonderful feeling to be surrounded with such inspiration, and achievement, and good vibes that Premier League Primary Stars has set itself up to do and has certainly exceeded their goals. (No pun intended.) I look forward what they can do this year.

I left the evening feeling pumped up and inspired about the world of goods Premier League can bring to these kids, so I’m doing my part to spread the good words.

Your school can also be involved in this too if not already. Find out more in the link below and please pass it on if you can. Help us inspire our kids together.


Find out how your school can be involved with Premier League Primary Stars and for the latest exciting curriculum-linked resources across maths, literacy and PSHE…



Disclosure: I was kindly invited to the Premier League Primary Stars event and I was compensated for my time. All views and opinions are of my own. All photos are of my own and top photo credits: Flick.Digital.


Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. Elizabeth Seal
    03/05/2018 / 1:37 pm

    Aw this sounds so lovely, such a fun event! I am still trying to get my little boy in to reading haha xD xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (PS I’m hoping I might be able to entice you to follow each other on bloglovin haha xD)

    • 31/05/2018 / 12:43 pm

      Once, they found something they really like reading, they will take off naturally. x

  2. 04/05/2018 / 12:01 pm

    What a great event and a great initiative. I can imagine for a lot of young kids the mix of football along with reading and other skills is really inspiring. #FabFridayPost

  3. 04/05/2018 / 1:02 pm

    I am all for kids finding their own passion. What a wonderful program. So glad you enjoyed the event, Su


  4. 04/05/2018 / 2:12 pm

    It sounds like a great programme and we love the sound of the free downloadable resources! Hopefully more schools will get on board x #FabFridayPost

    • 31/05/2018 / 12:53 pm

      Yes. It’s great isn’t it that you can easily get access to the resources in your hands at anytime.

  5. 04/05/2018 / 3:29 pm

    What an incredible program! Glad they’re trying to get kids inspired to want to read and educate themselves!

  6. 04/05/2018 / 9:51 pm

    This sounds brilliant. The Tubblet’s school does a similar scheme with Sky Sports and it’s done so much for her confidence. It would be great if schemes like this were in every school 🙂

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:00 pm

      Oh! That also sound interesting too. Sport can do so much for confidence. I know I wasn’t good academically but I was good in sport. Good for the Tubblet’s school to make that intuitive. Well done! 🙂

  7. 04/05/2018 / 10:31 pm

    What an incredible programme! #FabFridayPost

  8. 04/05/2018 / 11:20 pm

    How incredible to get a book signed (and drawn) by the author/illustrator. My kids LOVED the How to Train Your Dragon series and still watch the TV shows on Netflix. It sounds like a really fun event for a great cause. #FabFridayPost

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:03 pm

      It was such an inspiring evening. Ethan watch How to Train Your Dragon all the time too! lol! I finds it very funny. Such a good and entertaining story.

  9. 04/05/2018 / 11:37 pm

    What a great idea and organisation to support, we need more like this for our young children.

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:05 pm

      Yes! I absolutely agree too. Really hope those school who haven’t registered yet would sign up right now! They are losing out massively.

  10. Mummyhereandthere
    05/05/2018 / 8:55 pm

    Sounds like fun and some great ideas X #fabfridaypost

  11. 06/05/2018 / 4:08 pm

    Wow, what an awesome program to be rolled out for Primary School students; and rubbing shoulders with some amazing authors, sounds like a event I’d love to be at – so jealous! #FabFridayPost

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:08 pm

      Awww. thanks Tash – I like your term of rubbing shoulder. Nicely put. Yes, it was a very inspiring evening indeed. I can’t wait to know more of what they have achieved this year.

  12. Rachel Evans
    08/05/2018 / 10:40 pm

    This sounds great. I love the idea of getting kids excited about maths! Making learning as fun as can be is so important.

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:10 pm

      Yes! It is all about fun and learning at the same time. So that learning doesn’t have to be so boring! lol! 🙂 x

  13. 09/05/2018 / 7:52 pm

    Wow!!! This sounds like it was an amazing event!

  14. 11/05/2018 / 5:21 am

    It’s great that this program is encouraging children to read. I will be looking at their website to see the resources #fabfridaypost

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:12 pm

      Yes, please do and do let us know how it helps you. They are always looking for ways to improvements. x

  15. 12/05/2018 / 4:20 pm

    Anything that inspires a passion for cracking open a book and heading off on an adventure is lovely in my book! This sounds so wonderful Su! You do such awesome things! xoxo #fabfridaypost xoxo

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:14 pm

      I so proud to be part of the campaign. I can’t wait to here what they have achieve with this year programme. x

  16. 12/05/2018 / 5:42 pm

    This sounds fantastic, I will definitely be checking out their resources for my two! x

    • 31/05/2018 / 1:15 pm

      Yes! Please do and do let us know how it helps you. They are always looking for ways to improvements. x

  17. 14/05/2018 / 1:06 am

    This sounds great, it’s nice to see them doing a bit for more life skills as opposed to numbers and letters.

  18. 14/05/2018 / 5:58 am

    Passion, academics, sports, what a great range of topics! I love these ideas ❤️

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