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 Once‘ to 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.