Leon goes back to school to launch Premier League Primary Stars
Swansea City AFC's club captain, Leon Britton, visited local Pontybrenin Primary School to mark the recent launch of Premier League Primary Stars, the Premier League’s new national curriculum-linked education programme.
After renaming the school after Leon for the day, the midfielder joined pupils and teachers for a Premier League Primary Stars maths lesson and, while he was there, helped launch the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme by donating kits and equipment to the school.
Using the appeal of football and sport to connect and inspire, Premier League Primary Stars aims to develop skills and ambition both on and off the sports field with resources for girls and boys aged 5-11 years old. Providing curriculum-linked Key Stage 1 and 2 classroom resources for PE, Maths, English and Enterprise, Primary Stars also helps to engage with junior Jacks and nurture their development in the classroom and in the playground.
The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme will also allow teachers the opportunity to get their hands on a full team kit or a range of useful equipment that can be used for different subject areas.
“Having a school named after you is something you never dream of,” said Leon during the event. “It’s great that the Premier League is investing money into local communities, whether it’s in Swansea or throughout the UK. I think it’s important to let fans see that. That it’s not just going into the football clubs but also into the surrounding communities and it’s having an effect on them and doing positive things.”
It’s been brilliant having Leon at the school today,” said Olivia, a pupil at Pontybrenin. “He’s been showing us new skills and he’s helped us with our work in class and helped us with our maths problems.”
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman, Premier League added: “Premier League Primary Stars uses the power and popularity of football to inspire children to enjoy English, Maths and a range of other subjects. Our clubs are already doing great work in this area and it is fantastic to see players visiting local schools to support the programme and encourage learning.”
Teachers can apply for the chance to receive free football strips or equipment for their school by registering for the programme at www.PLPrimaryStars.com. Parents can also nominate their school via the Premier League Primary Stars website. This year’s application window opens from 24 April – 9 June.