Crawley Down Village C of E School, Waringlid Primary School and Forgewood Primary School graduated from their 10-week Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) programme at Crawley Town FC recently.
The PL programme is designed to improve the pupils wellbeing, boost attainment to help increase school attendance and support children and young people in making positive lifestyle choices.
Pupils are encouraged to adopt the Premier League (PL) values and link them into their everyday lives at school, on the playground and at home. The values are to be connected, to be ambitious, to be fair and to be inspiring.
For nine weeks, Crawley Town delivers 45 minutes of classroom-based activity, followed by another 45 minutes in the form of a PE lesson.
The classroom-based sessions are designed based on themes such as health and nutrition, emotion wellbeing, numeracy, literacy, food technology or enterprise.
The activity-based sessions can be in the form of a multi-skill class, looking at co-ordination and balance, or focusing on football, which can help to give the pupils an extra incentive to learn.
As part of the programme, Crawley Town has also incorporated PL Reading Stars, a programme created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
This session is targeted towards reluctant readers in Years 5 & 6 who would benefit from using football as a tool to engage.
The graduations were hosted by Crawley Town FC’s People’s Pension Stadium, which provided the students with a tour of the Stadium itself, a tournament on the 3G Ballcourt, and an award ceremony where the children were presented with certificates.
Callum Agent, PL Crawley & Horsham School Development Officer , said this about the PLPS programme, “We had a fantastic week of graduations welcoming 3 schools to Crawley Town FC People’s Pension Stadium.
Premier League Primary Stars, benefits the pupils educationally as well as socially, teaching them the importance of education and teamwork in the classroom. The sessions are delivered to make lessons fun and enjoyable whilst keeping active through the PE sessions.
Being a part of the delivering PLPS is so rewarding, when you get the chance to see each pupil improve and progress their education, social and PE skills.”
The PLPS programme has been highly regarded in Crawley and there is a demand from school wanting to get involved.
PLPS helped to encourage the participants to express themselves a little more and to be more confident in both leaning, communication and in sport.
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Colgate Primary School, Baldwins Hill Primary School and Halsford Park Primary School have now confirmed their 10-week programmes beginning in the Summer Term.
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