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Primary School Skills Programme launches

The Trust’s Premier League Schools project has been boosted by the successful launching of the new Primary School Skills Programme.

Conducting weekly sessions to over 90 primary school children at Llandarcy’s Academy of Sport, the programme focuses on a different football skill each week, such as passing, shooting and dribbling.

Despite the name however, it isn’t solely primary pupils that benefit from the new project.

After building an excellent partnership with Neath Port Talbot College, the programme utilises the pool of students who want to gain experience in coaching.

“The volunteers already have a great understanding of sports coaching through their academic studies,” explained Curtis Grant, from our Premier League Schools project.

“We went in to deliver some lectures to the students on how to apply that knowledge into practical delivery skills,” he continued. “It will give the students a great understanding of primary school delivery.”

“It has worked really well,” added Tom Williams, PL School’s Project Co-ordinator. “The students have really improved their coaching, the kids have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and the college get some extra teaching support. We have also trained up students who have gone on to volunteer at the Trust’s Soccer Camps,” he said and it’s been an initiative that the students have enjoyed being a part of.

“I’ve loved getting involved with this project,” said one of the student coaches, Hannah Bluck who has also represented Wales at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels. “I’ve learnt a lot, such as how to coach different levels of ability. It’s been fun and I love seeing all the smiles on the kids’ faces,” she continued.

Now nearing the end of the five weeks, Lee Trundle was on hand to congratulate the successful college and primary school students and present them with certificates for completing the course. It is hoped however, that although the initial course has come to an end, the programme will continue.

“This is the first programme of its kind that we have set up but it is now going to be something that repeats annually,” finished Curtis. “There’s potential to replicate the programme in other areas and venues.”

For more information about the project, or to get involved, please email Tom at or call him on 07876 885195.

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