Premier League Primary Stars marks five-year anniversary

Premier League Primary Stars marks five-year anniversary

Naomi Gurr named as superstar to celebrate occasion.

The Premier League is celebrating five years of its schools’ programme, Premier League Primary Stars.

Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to support pupils in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

To celebrate, each club has been able to nominate a ‘Superstar’ – whether that be a young person or teacher who has inspired others through their dedication to the programme, enthusiasm and own personal development.

One person who has benefitted from their involvement in the programme is Naomi Gurr, from Outwood Primary Academy Kirkhamgate in Wakefield, who has been named as the Leeds United Foundation ‘Superstar’ as part of the programme’s five-year anniversary celebrations.

Naomi Gurr has been chosen as the Leeds United Premier League Primary Stars Superstar because of her engagement and development in delivering high quality PE lessons. Naomi is currently training to become a qualified teacher and has received support from coaching staff throughout the year to support with the delivery of PE. Throughout the duration her confidence of delivering PE has grown and she has developed excellent skills and knowledge to deliver PE lessons independently.

The Leeds United Foundation began its Premier League Primary Stars delivery in 2017 and since then has supported approximately 45,000 young people through approximately 18,000 lessons across 130 local schools.

Each ‘Superstar’ will receive a Nike Strike football, thanks to Premier League partner Nike, and a framed, limited-edition five-year anniversary illustration, created by graphic designer and digital illustrator Zem Clarke.

Premier League Primary Stars provides teachers and parents with free downloadable resources across a range of curriculum subjects at Key Stage 1 (age 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (age 7-11), developed by teachers for teachers, and in collaboration with experts such as the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.

Currently 105 professional football clubs from across the leagues run in-classroom Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local schools. More than 58,000 teachers have signed up to access free online national curriculum-linked resources.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We launched Premier League Primary Stars five years ago to support teachers and use the power and popularity of football to inspire children in the classroom and on the sports field.

“Clubs do fantastic work to support children’s learning and we are very proud that this national education programme now engages more than 18,500 primary schools in England and Wales.

“Congratulations to all those who have been recognized as a Premier League Primary Stars Superstar, as part of the five-year anniversary celebrations, and thank you to all those involved in the programme over the years.”

The Premier League funds Premier League Primary Stars and other community programmes through its £100m investment per season in community facilities and community and education programmes. This is the biggest voluntary contribution to communities and other good causes of any football league in the world. 

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